Nonexistent waste management

In slums of developing countries, waste management becomes a major issue: ignored by public policies, waste management is a genuine obstacle to sustainably improve vulnerable people living conditions. It is a key component to water and sanitation projects.

Slums often appear as OPEN LANDFILLS due to a lack of people awareness, infrastructures and political will. Thrown in rivers, gutters or often stockpiled close from houses, wastes are rarely collected. They pollute and contaminate environment, water sources, attract vermin and cause numerous diseases. Furthermore, they obstruct existing sewerage systems.

Eau et Vie respond

Waste management implies equipments adapted to slums’ environment, but above all else, a change in inhabitants’ behavior. Eau et Vie ORGANISES AWARENESS ACTIVITIES ACCOMPANYING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF INFRASTRUCTURES:

  • Environment and waste management awareness campaigns (neighborhood clean-up managed by community representatives, workshops at school, discussion groups...);
  • Installing waste bins within the community (handled by volunteer inhabitants);
  • In partnership with local municipalities, organising waste collection services;
  • Work on waste reduction and waste recycling and recovery (biodegradable and recyclable waste), by using informal sector.

Local organisations

These activities are organised by local organisations, Water and Life Philippines and Water and Life Bangladesh, in partnership with local communities, city halls and local and international business actors.

"Ensure environmental sustainability"

Objective 7 of Millennium Development Goals (United Nations)

Data remain alarming:

In the world over 1,300 billion tonnes a year of solid waste. This volume could double by 2025.

Source: World Bank.

Every year, billions of tonnes of waste are dumped in the oceans.

Source: United Nations Environment Programme