The very first waste management report for Africa launched at the recent Sustainability Week in Pretoria, United Nations Environment and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The report outlines the state of the waste management in Africa.
Africa still needs to develop in managing the waste it generates, of which is only at 4% currently. It has become a dumping site according to environmentalists, which could potentially be hazardous. The waste management outlook publication is a contribution by experts and researchers from across the African continent, which provides and analysis of the state of waste management in Africa, its impact on the continent and proposed solutions for improved waste management in the region. Principal scientist at the CSIR, Prof. Linda Godfrey was the coordinating lead author of the publication and she highlighted that Africa needs to start addressing the current waste management challenges and also prepare themselves for the expected growth in the waste generation in the coming century, she says, “This will require technological innovation, and investment in services and infrastructure in the waste ad secondary resources sector never before seen in Africa.”
Cecilia Njenga who is head of UN Environment Programme (UNEP) admits that that the uncontrolled dumping of waste is one of the major problems in Africa. “This is a momentous time for Africa,” she said, “The report sets a vision for Africa and we hope that this document will inform and inspire decision makers around the continent to preserve the environment.”