Togolese communes secure vehicles to drive household waste collection

TOGO – Three Togolese communes of Golfe 7, Golfe 5 and Agoè Nyivé 3 have received six tricycles from the Lomé-based organization Science and Technology for Sustainable Development (Stadd) to facilitate waste collection in the city.

The tricycles have been financed by the West African Development Bank (BOAD), to facilitate the waste collection service in the Togolese capital of 1.8 million people.

“If we consider that we have a ratio of waste production per day per capita 0.65 kg, you understand that today we must be in the 468,000 tonnes of waste while for the collection of a tonne of waste at the level of transit centers to the technical landfill, costs CFA 12,000 (US$19.32)  that the state pays,” said Gado Bemah, the promoter of the non-governmental organization (NGO) Stadd.

“This represents up to CFA 7 billion (US$11.38m), while the municipality’s budget for sanitation is around CFA 3 billion (US$4.83 million).”

For his part, the Head of the Division for the Preservation of the Environment and Living Environment at the Togolese Ministry of the Environment suggested that the strengthening of the waste management system in urban areas depends on the involvement of the private sector, especially the large industrial companies that are the source of pollution.

“Waste management is a collective and cross-cutting challenge involving several actors, because the issue of sanitation, due to several constraints, remains a major concern today,” explained Soulemane Abdel Ganiou.

A year ago, BOAD granted CFA 47 million (US$83,708.82) to the NGO Stadd to contribute to “the promotion of behavioral changes on salubrity, hygiene and environmental preservation” in Lomé within the framework of the 2021-2025 Strategic Plan (Djoliba Plan) of the sub-regional financial institution.

This initiative aims to strengthen waste collection and sorting systems (solid, liquid, biomedical, etc.) as well as recycling, job creation and access to food resources in several West African countries.

Last October the city waste collection efforts also received a CFA 131 million (US$214,638) financial boost from Africompost, a waste-recycling project that is financed by the French Development Agency (AFD).

The project involved setting up new facilities for improving the treatment and recycling of Lomé’s waste.

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