News and updates from WASTE advisers on urban environment and development
Editorial,

The second newsletter of 2014 from WASTE. We can welcome some new staff members and interns, several reports and publications and videos have been placed on the website for you to read or watch. New projects are starting up and people come and go.

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Verele de Vreede, Information Officer WASTE

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WASTE welcomes and goodbyes

Several interns and staff members have joined our forces since our newsletter last March.

We are happy to welcome:
Ana Deveza: Who has been helping out with organizing the half-day seminar in Good Company.

Darina Iskreva: Who is supporting the WASH Nepal project and assisting in acquisition activities.

Priska Prasetya: Who is supporting in an upcoming project around waste to food and other acquisition activities.
 
We also have to say goodbye to Lilliana Abarca. She has worked for 9 years with WASTE while she was doing her PhD at the TU Eindhoven on Construction Waste. She will return to her job as professor and researcher at the Costa Rica Institute of Technology in the chemistry department. We hope to continue our collaboration with Lilliana as a WASTE Associate. We thank her for her dedication and all the work she has done with and for us. Some highlights: ISSOWAMA, Country Lead for the WASH programme in Nepal and Bangladesh and many other projects around Latin-America, Asia and Africa. She also played an active role in the development of our approach in our work.

Haiti - municipal reconstruction

This project is entering its final half year. WASTE has participated as technical advisers for waste management in the VNGI programme, “Municipal Reconstruction in the Les Palmes Region of Haiti,” since 2011.
Next to various workshops and capacity building of municipalities one of the biggest accomplishment in our eyes is the realization of a waste disposal site in the region.

In Good Company

Opportunities for Dutch and European businesses in the global waste sector

WASTE and UNESCO-IHE organised a half day symposium for waste businesses interested to expand their business to low and middle income countries. Possible partners in the southern countries were invited to make video messages to highlight the needs and co-operation opportunities  in their countries.

The videos can be found, still unedited, on http://vimeo.com/album/2887455. a compiled version is available on http://youtu.be/wEqegfCiuTY

Making sure the supply meets the demand

In the FUSP programme in Mozambique WASTE is making sure that the sanitation businesses will be capable to offer good quality toilets and other sanitation services to their clients: the households in the cities Chimoio, Gondola, Manica and Beira. At the same time banks are approached to waken their interest to invest in these businesses.
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A girl and a boy toilet at a school in Sathkhira

Gender and Recycling: Tools for Project Design and Implementation

WASTE in collaboration with ACEPESA in Costa Rica has developed this tool for the Inter-American Development Bank.
The guide is meant for social organisations and technical and managerial personnel involved in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects or programmes that include informal recyclers in inclusive recycling processes.

It can be downloaded from the IADB website, or by following this shortened link: http://bit.ly/genderwaste
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Integration of the informal sector in PET bottle collection and recycling – South Africa, Ecuador and Colombia

WASTE presented lessons learned from 2 case studies on the PET bottle collection and recycling sector from South Africa and Ecuador in Colombia. The presentation was given at a workshop organised by ANDI (National Business Association of Colombia) with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. The lessons learned from these case studies can be used in the planning around plastic recycling in Colombia where the inclusion of the informal sector is mandatory by law.
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The Business Diamond Approach

Ingrid van den Burg, programme manager for WASH at WASTE has written an article for the WASHUP, the newsletter of the Dutch WASH alliance. She explains how WASTE appliesthe Diamond Approach which was developed during earlier successful programmes. It also shows how versatile this approach is for the different situations in the different urban areas around the world. You can read the article by clicking on read more.
 
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Research on Feacal Sludge in Malawi

From January to April 2014, five master students from UNESCO-IHE and TU Delft ventured to Blantyre Malawi to conduct experiments on pit latrine sludge. The aim of the field work was to investigate simple, low-tech faecal sludge sanitation methods to discern the applicability of the methods to emergency situations. The research took place as part of the emergency sanitation project (ESP) and S(p)eedkits project. The students looked at three key methods:
  • Lactic acid fermentation
  • Uea treatment
  • Lime treatment
The results for all three methods were satisfying, as it turned out that the treated pit latrine sludge complied with the WHO guideline.
The report can be downloaded from the WASTE website.

Currently, the research continues with two students from the University of Malawi, The Polytechnic. They will be looking at up-scaling possibilities.

Haiti - municipal reconstruction

This project is entering its final half year. WASTE has participated as technical adviser for waste management in the VNGI programme, “Municipal Reconstruction in the Les Palmes Region of Haiti,” since 2011.
Next to various workshops and capacity building of municipalities, one of the biggest accomplishment in our eyes is the realization of a waste disposal site in the region.
Read more
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