Solid waste management is a diffuse problem that can impact adversely on health, sanitation, drainage and the wider environment. Solid waste also affects public space, reducing the sense of ownership of the problem, both to the general population and to the aid agencies providing relief.
Solid waste management was identified as one of a range of priority problems in our 2013 Gap Analysis, and in 2015 we commissioned and launched a Problem Exploration Report on Solid Waste Management.
We have also produced a Challenge Candidate List, which provides a summary of the key challenges presented in the Problem Exploration Report on Faecal Sludge Management.
Through the HIF, we have done initial work to explore an Innovation Challenge in solid waste management, but our WASH TWG have prioritised other areas of work up until this point. This means we don’t yet have any solid waste management projects in our portfolio.
Current Solid Waste Management (SWM) initiatives focus mainly on restoration of public services rather than addressing the solid waste issue in earlier stages of the response. Plastic bottles are often seen as being a major problem, blocking drainage channels and littering the landscape. However, identifying and addressing the source of solid waste is not always straightforward. This Problem Exploration Report identifies three contrasting areas of SWM as being worth exploring: better processes, better communication, and better technology.
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