Tibar dumpsite, Timor-Leste. Photo: M. Iyer/ADB
The Asian Development Bank has published a series of snapshots of the solid waste management situation in each of ADB’s 14 Pacific developing member countries. The series assesses solutions and challenges associated with the management of solid waste in the region, with a focus on financing, institutional arrangements and solid waste management technologies.
The series is one of the outputs of a US$ 450,000 ADB techical assistance project 45051-001, which aimed to improve the delivery of solid waste management in the Pacific region.
Posted in East Asia & Pacific, Publications
Tagged Asian Development Bank, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, solid waste management, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) has US$ 20,000 on offer for a proposal for an economical, sustainable lighting system for latrines in refugee or displaced persons camps.
Communal latrine facilities in camps are often underutilised at night when it is dark for fear of harassment and attacks especially for women and children. Existing lighting systems tend to be costly as most camps do not have a central electrical system as a power source. Also, battery systems tend to get stolen for valuable parts. This Challenge is to design a lighting system for communal latrine facilities that will promote safety and utilization. The system must be robust, economical and not easily vandalized or stolen.
This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. Award winners does not need to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the HIF, but instead grant HIF non-exclusive license to practice their solutions.
Deadline: 16 March 2014
For more information and to register for the Challenge, go to:
The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) is managed by ELRHA (Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance) and administered by Save the Children.
The HIF’s £3.3 million (US$ 5.5 million) WASH Innovation Fund is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and will initially focus on two challenges:
- Lighting Latrines (see above)
- Managing Solid Waste, due to launch later in January 2014, which will award designs for a new incinerator, compactor or recycling method that is rapidly deployable, cost-effective and easy to use.
As well as these two open challenges, the WASH Innovation Fund will also support Accelerated Innovation events for more complex challenges. These will bring together aid agencies, businesses and academics already working in the sector to collaborate and create partnerships that can develop and test new ideas.
For full details go to:
Source: DFID, Could you help save lives in a disaster zone?, GOV.UK, 18 Jan 2014
Big brother will soon be watching over garbage truck drivers in East Delhi once the local municipal corporation installs an electronic tracking system. The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) plans to install global positioning system (GPS) and radio frequency identification devices (RFID) in its garbage trucks.
This will enable the EDMC to track the garbage trucks movements and monitor their work performance.
The electronic devices are linked to an ‘e-municipal solid waste disposal system’, which takes pictures of the vehicles at the garbage station and landfill site, when they pick up and dispose of the waste.
At the end of each day, the GPS will be used to submit a daily route mapping report on the areas cleaned.
East Delhi generates nearly 2,000 metric tonnes of garbage every day and has nearly 150 dump yards.
M/s AKS Software Ltd won the tender to install the electronic tracking system, which costs 19.2 million Rupees (US$ 353,000).
Related news: India, New Delhi: using Facebook and SMS to keep the city clean, Sanitation Updates, 15 Apr 2011
Source: Hindustan Times, 28 Mar 2013 ; PTI/Business Standard, 28 Mar 2013
This website collects information on urban waste management with an emphasis on low and middle income Countries. There are links to relevant sites, tools, events, news and organisations. Information can be accessed by different waste management processes and topics, waste types, and countries/regions. There is a section on trends in urban waste management and a blog. To access all information, you need to register.
The portal is an activity of the Promoting Integrated Sustainable Waste Management through Public Private Partnerships (PPP-ISWM) programme, in short. The Programme is jointly implemented by the UNDP Public Private Partnerships Programme (UNDP PPPSD) and WASTE, a Netherlands-based NGO.
Web site: wasteportal.net
Issue 50 April 6, 2012 | Focus on the Informal Sector and Solid Waste Management
The informal waste sector provides a much needed service in the developing world; the work of this sector reduces waste in communities, increases the reclamation and reuse of materials, and helps to lower greenhouse gas emissions. This issue of the WASHplus Weekly contains recent reviews on the economics of the informal sector and the diseases and injuries that waste pickers endure. Also included are case studies from Bangladesh, Brazil, Pakistan, the Philippines, and recent videos.
Please let WASHplus know at any time if you have resources to share for future issues of WASHplus Weekly or if you have suggestions for future topics. An archive of past Weekly issues is available on the WASHplus website.
Garbage piled up on a flooded street in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Getty Images / WSJ
Industrial parks in Bangkok are being threatened after residents in Bangkok’s northeast demolish government-built levies to release the stagnant, garbage-ridden water that was building up in their neighbourhoods, writes the Wall Street Journal.
Flooded roads are preventing garbage collectors getting to many areas—raising fears over the risk of disease and over the blockage of drains, which is impeding the flow of water into the sea. Bangkok produces about 8,700 tons of rubbish a day—roughly a quarter of Thailand’s total. Added to that figure is the additional trash flowing into the city from northern provinces.
Garbage is piling up in the streets of Ahmedabad in Gujarat because more than 40 per cent of the municipal sanitation workers are on leave to attend marriages. Thousands of weddings are taking place in the state from 16 to 26 May 2011, after a gap of six months pending auspicious dates in the Hindu calendar.
Overflowing garbage collection sites. Photo: Ahmedabad Mirror
The collection of sold waste by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has gone down to 2,000 tonnes from the daily average of 2,600 to 2,700 tonnes. The AMC is asking on-duty sanitation workers to work on double shifts.
The civic authority has 7,500 permanent sanitation workers and 3,000 daily wage earners cleaning the city roads. The percentage of permanent workers on leave is higher than that of daily wage earners, which has badly affected daily sweeping of roads and solid waste collection.
Health and Solid Waste Committee Chairman Suresh Patel said, “Four agencies are involved in solid waste collection in the city. We have asked them to collect solid waste regularly. It is up to them whether they work in double shift or single.”
One wedding celebration turned into turned into a nightmare for two AMC “safai kamdars” (sweepers), when 250 of their guests ended up in hospital with food poisoning. The brothers Dinesh and Ishwar Purbiya were hosting around 1,500 guests for the marriage of their two daughters.
Source: Ruturaj Jadav, Ahmedabad Mirror, 19 May 2011 ; DeshGujarat.Com, 14 May 2011 ; DNA, 18 May 2011