Communities facing the prospect of having “waste-to-energy” incinerators established in theirneighbourhoods have a right to know the full details of the project and its impact on their health and environment. Host communities carry the direct burdens of these technologies in terms of noise, environmental pollution, and health and social impacts.
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In many cities in developing countries, the most serious environmental and health problems are related with inadequate solid waste management (SWM). Urbanization or an increase in population, respectively, leads to increased waste generation in urban areas. Most problems are strongly related to inappropriate treatment of the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OMSW). Composting and anaerobic digestion (AD) are seen as the most favored options to deal with OMSW.
The International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) asked whether free-range chicken eggs might contain U-POPs if collected near potential sources of U-POPs named by the Stockholm Convention. For sampling in Kenya Dandora dumpsite located in the Eastlands suburb of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya was chosen. The eggs were collected from two sites bordering the Dandora dump.
Summary of a study. The study seeks to provide an overview of the critical issues regarding the management of municipal and medical waste in Nairobi, especially in respect of the potential danger of generating U-POPs in the process of burning such waste. The broader objective is to assist in the development of a comprehensive waste management strategy for the city and other urban areas in the country, in the context of the provisions of the Stockholm Convention on POPs.
On July 2 and 3, 2009 100 waste pickers from across the country gathered for South Africa's First National Waste Picker Meeting. The waste pickers came from 26 landfills in seven of South Africa's nine provinces.
groundWork's report about the role of the informal recoverers and their influence of waste management systems. Case studies from South-African municipalities are presented. Includes Msunduzi's Attempt to Eradicate Reclaiming, the struggle against enclosure in Metsimaholo Municipality, Inclusion and Support for Reclaimers in Emfuleni, Reclaiming in Three Municipalities, and policy recommendations.
Meeting declaration from the first National waste pickers meeting in South Africa held in 2009. Includes the current challenges and the main goals.
Groundwork's comprehensive report on waste management in South Africa. Covers a wide range of subjects.
Groundwork's notes on cement kilns in South Africa. Mentions four cement manufacturers: Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC), Afrisam (previously Holcim), Lafarge (once Blue Circle) and Natal Portland Cement (NPC). Cement communities which fight against cement kilns including Lichtenburg etc. Original URL: http://www.groundwork.org.za/Cement/CementSA.html