Non existing waste management systems

A precarious area often compares to an OPEN-AIR DUMPING SITE because of a lack of awareness from the inhabitants, of infrastructures and political will. Only commercial and residential neighborhoods benefit from a frequent collection of their waste organized by the municipality.
In precarious neighbourhoods, waste is thrown outside, next to front doors, in rivers or in the sewage lines. Barely picked up, sometimes burnt, the waste tends to pile up and to smell pestilent, infecting the environment and water sources. It attracts vermin and is the source of all kinds of diseases. The waste piling up in precarious neighborhoods is a hurdle to the improvement of the living conditions to vulnerable populations.

Eau et Vie’s response

Eau et Vie’s activities on water and sanitation services give an entry point towards community mobilization on waste management..


  • Awareness raising sessions on the environment and waste management (community clean-up days done by the inhabitants with a playful approach, school workshops, focus groups, sensitization to waste segregation and management…);
  • Installation and maintenance of public bins in the communities (under the supervision of volunteers from the neighborhood);
  • In partnership with local municipalities, organization of a primary waste collection system for an appropriate price for the population. The payment collection is done at the same time as for the water and sanitation services;
  • Action on the waste quantity reduction as well as waste recycling (recyclable and biodegradable), while involving the informal sector;
Advocacy work for the local authorities and operators to take over the waste collection system once viable.

Local Associations

The activities are implemented by the local associations Water and Life Philippines, Water and Life Bangladesh and Eau et Vie Côte d’Ivoire, in partnership with the communities, the municipalities and local and international experts on the matter.

“Pilot project of waste management”

In 2015, Eau et Vie started a pilot project of waste segregation and collection in Bangladesh based on a virtuous cycle involving the local actors. The waste collectors, locally employed, collect waste which has already been sorted out and put into specific bins in people’s houses. Thanks to a three-wheeled collection cycle, the waste collectors can go around the narrow street of the neighbourhoods easily to collect waste in the clients’ houses and carry it to the transfer station, where the municipality’s services take over and transport the collected waste to the municipal dumping site. Eau et Vie’s team carry an important awareness raising work with the families so as to entice them into sorting out and giving away their waste to the collectors so as to protect the environment. By the end of 2017; 488 households benefitted of the service. It will become mandatory and be extended to all households by early 2018. The goal of a waste-free environment in Bhashantek is on its way!