National municipal waste is one of the key areas requiring special attention in Cameroon. The waste collected in all cities and towns around the country is presently deposited in open or partially controlled dumps which often pose serious risks to public health and the environment (Manga et al., 2007). According to the first national strategic document for waste management in Cameroon (2007 – 2015) about 1,227 and 1,076 tonnes of municipal solid wastes are produced in the cities of Douala and Yaoundé respectively per day where food and plastic waste account respectively for 80% and 8.35% (Ngambi, 2015). However, the major challenges are the absence of good management policies and strategies as well as amenities and suitable equipment with technical and environmental controls.
This waste to Energy Project establish a venture that will contribute to minimise waste disposal along streets of cities and slum areas by promoting initiatives which are converting either into heat or ultimately electricity. It will help to reduce landfill as well as the emission of greenhouse gas.
Its priorities is to provide policy makers and waste professionals from municipalities with new socio-economic and environmental perspectives on sustainable waste management strategies to feed Cameroon’s national strategy on waste management.
Current actions can be found through the following links:
Plastic bottles produce electricity