Analysis: What Can Be Done to Reduce Waste Pollution in Africa by 2024?
By Inès Magoum
In 2024, Africa will also be expected to improve its solid waste management. This will involve putting in place more concrete solutions for the collection, sorting and recycling of this waste, which could reach 244 million tonnes per year by 2025 if current trends continue. In 2016 alone, the continent generated 174 million tonnes of solid waste, according to UN-Habitat.
Over the next 12 months, African decision-makers will need to focus their attention on the implementation of practical, innovative solutions to the problem of solid waste. In most African countries, the initial focus on solid waste collection will have to be repainted. While most of the budget for solid waste management in developing countries currently goes on collection, according to the World Bank’s What a Waste 2.0 study, less than half the waste produced in Africa is formally collected. And in some countries, this practice is often non-existent, especially in rural areas.
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