The Waste Wise Cities Tool provides an image of waste flows and amounts in a city, collecting data on waste generated, collected and managed in controlled facilities.
TARGET USERS: Individuals, Businesses, Industry, Government
KEY CONSIDERATIONS: The Waste Wise Cities Tool is based on the monitoring methodology for waste SDG indicator 11.6.1. Key interventions areas are identified and bankable projects are developed, ensuring long-term sustainability of the interventions.
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Many cities, especially in emerging countries, do not have adequate waste data- it is often not well-collected, monitored, updated, or assessed. Lack of data creates an obstacle to the development, improvement and maintenance of an integrated solid waste management system.
The United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) developed the “Waste Wise Cities Tool” under the African Clean Cities Platform (ACCP) and the Waste Wise Cities campaign (WWCC). The Waste Wise Cities Tool is based on the monitoring methodology for waste SDG indicator 11.6.1, and provides an image of waste flows and amounts in the respective city. Key data includes the amount of waste generated, collected and managed in controlled facilities. Based on the data assessment and in coordination with all relevant stakeholders, key interventions areas are identified and bankable projects are developed, ensuring long-term sustainability of the interventions.
The methodology is being replicated/ implemented in 74 member cities (68 from Africa and 6 from Asia) of WWCC. To facilitate the systematic and cross-country transfer of the good practice and knowledge, UN-Habitat is developing an online course, step by step guide and video to train the members of ACCP and WWCC in the methodology. Member cities also receive the training and remote support to implement it, process and analyse the data. They will also be supported in the organization of a stakeholders workshop to present and discuss the results.
The Waste Wise Cities Tool was tested in Nairobi (Kenya), Mombasa (Kenya) and Fnideq (Morocco) respectively. Experts from UN-Habitat, Wasteaware, Eawag and University of Leeds jointly with the respective Local Governments identified the flow of waste in the cities through:
These assessments were followed by local stakeholders’ workshops, helping the cities to identify key areas of interventions and infrastructure investment gaps. Attendees were actors from the waste management chain as well as society: local government officials, private recycling and collection companies, informal waste pickers, representatives of manufacturers and residents, and many more.
Results from the SDG 11.6.1 assessment in Mombasa, a Kenyan coastal city of 1.2 million inhabitants, show that about 750 t/day of MSW is generated, of which 56% is collected and 5% is managed in controlled facilities. Around 330 t/day remain uncollected. The second figure depicts the Mombasa’s Plastic Waste Flow. According to the assessment, plastic leakage is 3.7 kg per person/year; this is equivalent to 18 large trucks full of plastic waste being disposed into the Indian Ocean every day.
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