A wasteful day.

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Spent a few days inspecting (the lack of) waste management in poor areas in Lilongwe. Municipal waste collection covers only 30% of the city; using a total of four refuse compactors, two skip carriers, and 40 skips. No wonder poor areas in particular are left unserviced.

A cool project to turn waste to wealth by composting was set up a few years ago in two settlements in an effort to address the waste issue, but while composting activities continue, the women running the projects complained about the lack of demand for compost.

Still, given the poor municipal resources for waste management and the fact that some 70% of waste in Lilongwe is organic, composting at both the household and community levels can drastically reduce waste as well as contribute to urban food security if the compost is used in home gardens in addition to sold. Now we just need to develop that market…

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