Community-led waste management solutions in Douala, Cameroon

FCTV, Living Earth’s local partner in Cameroon, has been supporting the establishment of new partnerships between small businesses and social enterprises and local government in a bid to improve waste management in the city and to create wealth and jobs.

Examples of the projects supported include:

AJEGBO –  Ecological waste management in Douala 4:
AJEGBO is a community-based social enterprise, set up in order to tackle priority community concerns, of which waste is one.  In Douala 4, unmanaged waste blocks waterways and causes regular flooding in this area, which is built on a natural floodplain.

With FCTV support, AJEGBO has been able to agree a deal with the local council to provide waste collection services in the more inaccessible areas of Douala 4.  AJEGBO has set up new waste collection systems with local residents and has also started building a recycling centre where the collected waste is delivered, sorted and then recycled where possible.

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The AJEGBO team

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AJEGBO’s new motorised bike helps them reach areas of the city that the big waste trucks can’t access

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AJEGBO’s office in Douala

Ajegbo site

Setting up a waste collection point in Douala

 

Solidarity PK9 – Improving sanitation in the Nkondi neighbourhood:
Nkondi neighbourhood is situated next to the river Nkondi which suffers from frequent, indiscriminate dumping of waste on its banks.  In addition to polluting the river water, this waste prevents the use of the natural floodplains (the river banks) in times of heavy rain and so in the rainy season, the river run-off regularly overflows its banks, flooding the Nkondi neighbourhood.

Solidarity PK, a community-based organisation which seeks to improve the lives and living conditions of local residents, is organising a series of training sessions for Nkondi residents on waste management and waste recycling techniques, in a bid to stimulate greater community-led waste management efforts in Nkondi neighbourhood.   Solidarity PK is also working to lobby HYSACAM, the private sector company responsible for waste collection in the city of Douala as a whole, to set up new, formal, waste collection points in Nkondi, away from the riverbanks.

 

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Waste blocking waterways is a serious problem in Douala, Cameroon

Douala traffic

Tackling waste management in a city as crowded as Douala is no easy task

 

Fondation Jeune pour le Developpement Durable (FJDD):

FJDD, a youth-based organisation, have launched a project for the pre-collection, grinding, treatment and commercialisation of plastic waste.  This project is working with 50 youths in the Douala 2 council area.  In Douala 2, HYSACAM, the company responsible for overall waste collection un Douala city, is only able to collect about 60% of the district’s waste.  Plastic waste forms a large part of the uncollected waste.

FJDD has taken part in training workshops on how to make paving tiles from plastic waste and has now developed its own business plan to set up a plastics recycling enterprise in Douala 2.  They have reached an agreement with Douala 2 council to allow them to collect plastic waste and to transform the waste into building materials.

SL first ever plastic paving stone produced in SL

Plastic paving tiles – a potential solution to plastic problems in Cameroon

 

All of these projects are examples of the solutions that have been found when community groups, local businesses and government work together to tackle the waste management challenges that they face.