Malawi is one of the world's least developed countries, ranked 170th out of 187 countries according to the Human Development Index 2012 and is among the countries with the highest population density in Africa with a population estimated to be 15 million inhabitants. https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/countries/malawi_en
With an increasing population and not enough services within Lilongwe City Centre there is a huge pressure on the environment damaging the land, waterways and bringing disease because of mismanaged waste to the people. There are a lack of bins and waste sorting structures.
"City Council is the main service provider of refuse collection. The participation of private organizations in solid waste management services such as waste collection and recycling is very limited."
Solid Waste Composition and Greenhouse Gases Emissions Baseline Study in Lilongwe City, Malawi September 2016 written by LCC, EAD, UNDP , NCCP and MNREM
International Conservation and Clean up Management started recycling collections at the beginning of 2017 and we are expanding. We are the only operator in town, educating why it is necessary to recycle and getting clients to clean and separate all recyclables for collection at a cost. We are also working with the City Council Waste Transfer Stations (WTS's) to build the waste innovations with the communities. The WTS’s were specifically constructed in areas of little waste services and roads for the community to manage and develop their own waste structures. Malawi has a society full of practical skilled people. There are often struggles to find work in Lilongwe, especially in the more rural areas but people lacking money can be more resourceful by cleaning and reusing the endless supply of managed waste at these WTS's. Our ICCM workshops facilitate ideas and designs to come from the community to ensure ownership for their income generating projects. The designed devices will only be a success with a need. The economy here lies on the necessities of life and daily tasks to make money.
Poverty is one of the root causes of environmental degradation in Malawi and is at the core of the government's development agenda for the foreseeable future. Its alleviation is critical to natural resource conservation, protection and sustainable utilization. As ICCM we believe Malawi has plenty of natural resources including waste. Our research focuses on today's technology to develop appropriate innovations of need to release the pressure on the environment. Some designs we have built and are currently developing are:
- Solar tubes to heat water naturally
- Household biogas digester so people can cook with biomass waste to reduce deforestation.
- Recycled paper making machinery to make recycled paper readily available for Governement schools
- Plastic formations of all types to our own equipment rather than more expensive imports
- Using tin cans to make affordable roofing tiles
ICCM are scaling up sustainably working alongside Government, City Council and NGO's to extend environmental knowledge and create holistic waste management systems within each area. There are many types of programs and pathways that we can lead. Each activity is designed to create awareness and income generating projects to ensure the waste management system is holistic to improve the livelihoods of the people in the economically deprived peri-urban and rural areas in Lilongwe.
For more information please check our website www.iccmanagement.org
|Many tin cans are thrown away with these...|
|ICCM have designed bins using recycled materials|