Rapid population growth and urbanisation have put pressure on urban services and waste management in Tanzania. Waste generation continues to augment as fast as human consumption. Poor solid waste management systems in growing urban centres, deficient segregation by market actors and weak leadership from municipalities are challenges the population faces.
More often than not, waste is not separated at source leaving few recoverable quantities and resulting in huge piles of uncollected waste in open spaces. Private sector actors lack access to waste processing technology and adequate recycling knowledge thus, limiting their income generation options. The key waste collectors comprising Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) often handle waste as a part-time occupation.
The Taka ni Mali (TnM) Project seeks to create adequate employment opportunities in solid waste collection and recycling, while reducing environmental degradation and health risks through efficient and sustainable solid waste management systems. It builds capacity at municipality level in Mwanza and Morogoro and supports the strengthening of the regulatory framework for Solid Waste Management (SWM) systems. It promotes the reduction of environmental pollution (CO2 emissions) and the improvement of the working conditions of waste collectors. In addition, the project initiates recycling technologies with potential together with private sector actors and waste collector organisations (Community-Based Organisations). In this way, additional new income and vacancies can be created.
To achieve its goals, the project in collaboration with the two municipalities Mwanza and Morogoro, private sector and non-governmental organisations strategically focusses on the following key intervention areas:
Project Progress 2017
Project Progress 2013-2016