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  • Enterprise and ingenuity thrive amid the waste in Nairobi

    KENYA, 2017/07/02
  • Mr. Hideki Hashira, President of Daiseki

    JAPAN, 2017/03/22 By recycling 90% of the waste managed, Daiseki has built a business model that is not just good for the environment but as well for shareholders. The Worldfolio speaks with president Daiseki president, Hideki Hashira. The International Energy Agency predicts that the energy request will grow 37% by 2040 and of course nowadays one of the majority compelling challenges is to ensure economic increase combined with environmental sustainability. As an expert in this sector, is sustainability still a buzzword or have we reached a turning point with new regulations for example with COP21?
  • Cleaning up the E-Waste Recycling Industry

    EGYPT, 2016/01/08 Upon opening a shipment of computers it had received through the International Children's Fund (ICF), a Ghanaian school discovered the equipment sent was 15 years old. Most of the computers needed replacement parts, parts that weren't available anymore. In the end, the school managed to get only a single computer working again. While the ICF had good intentions, a fake charity had handed it a container of what was meant to be workable secondhand material that was actually closer to its end of life--that is, entirely waste. That unfortunate Ghanaian school is only one victim in a long chain of corruption, theft and organized crime that stretches from Brussels to Cape Town.
  • Cheap, waterless toilet that turns waste into clean water and power to be trialed in Africa

    AFRICA, 2016/01/08 A cheap, easy to maintain, "green" toilet that uses no water and turns human waste into electricity and clean water will be trialed in 2016, possibly in Ghana. Dubbed the "Nano Membrane Toilet" by its creators from Cranfield University, UK, this new approach to managing waste could help some of the world's 2.3 billion people who have no access to safe, hygienic toilets. The toilet's magic happens at the same time as you close the lid. The bottom of the bowl uses a rotation mechanism to sweep the waste into a sedimentation chamber, which helps block any odors from escaping. The waste is again filtered through a appropriate nanotech membrane, which separates vaporized water molecules from the rest of the waste, helping to prevent pathogens and solids from being carried further by the water.
  • Burning waste could provide Africa with 20% of its electricity needs But they have to keep those toxic by-products out of the atmosphere.

    AFRICA, 2016/01/08 Producing electricity from urban solid waste could provide energy for up to 40 million African households in 2025, according to a study co-authored by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC). In a statement published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, JRC researchers determined the potential of recovering energy from trash by using landfill gas and waste incineration, and found that it could have provided additional than 20 % of the continent's total energy consumption in 2010. Where there are humans, there's trash, and an awful lot of it, too. Over the completed century, we somehow managed to increase our annual waste generation 10-fold, going from producing 110 million tonnes per year in 1900, to 1.1 billion tonnes in 2000. By 2025, household trash could all to a staggering 2.2 billion tonnes each year globally.
  • West Africa turns into dumping ground for e-waste

    BENIN, 2016/01/08 As measures by nations in East and Southern Africa to prevent the dumping of e-waste take result, West Africa has become a destination for old computers, mobile devices and components. European Commission and U.N. studies show that West Africa is becoming a dumping site for e-waste from various parts of the world. Meanwhile, communication technology and services firm Ericsson says West Africa is becoming highly affected by e-waste, relative to other regions on the continent.
  • The Minister for Water, Prof Jumanne Maghembe

    TANZANIA, 2014/12/10 Tanzania’s government is set to initiate a 32 billion Tanzanian shilling water project at Kirya village, in Mwanga District, Kilimanjaro Region. The Minister for Water, Prof Jumanne Maghembe announced the news recently at a public rally held at Kirya Njiapanda. During the event, Maghembe assured citizens that water problems in the village would any minute at this time be a thing of the completed., but cautioned them to price all government projects and preserve them as their heritage, according to local broadsheet Tanzania Daily News. He added that Tanzania’s government is committed to fulfilling all its electoral pledges included in its manifesto, as well saying that it was up to the people to deliver for their own benefit and that of next generations.
  • “Garbage swallows Accra,”

    GHANA, 2014/05/27 A crisis in garbage collection in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, that has seen mountains of refuse in the streets and in front of houses and offices, was one of the major stories covered by the media this week. The newspapers as well gave wide coverage to the sudden passing of veteran politician, Mr Paul Victor Obeng, last Saturday, with people across the political divide and from all walks of life paying tribute to him. “Garbage swallows Accra,” was the major story of the national-owned Graphic on Thursday, as the crisis escalated and health officials warned of the outbreak of diseases if the garbage is not collected. The newspaper said the Accra metropolis was under “siege” from mounting garbage that presently threatened the health of residents.
  • Rwandan Minister of Agriculture, Agnes Kalibata.

    RWANDA, 2014/03/20 Rwanda plans to introduce a new mobile phone technology that will use treated waste water from purification stations across all 30 districts of the country, to irrigate plantations, according to the Rwandan Minister of Agriculture, Agnes Kalibata. She said the water to be used on several hectares of plantations in marshland areas across the country would be treated in line with the country's agriculture policy to reduce poverty that is affecting small-scale farmers from remote rural areas. Kalibata, who was addressing parliament on the current trends of agriculture innovation in the country, said the Rwandan government is currently emphasizing on the use of mobile phone to ensure that this technology could as well facilitate the irrigation master plan and hillside irrigation system.
  • Waste water treatment plant in Trinidad

    TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 2014/03/15 The major opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) is calling on President Anthony Carmona to intervene and possibly stop a multi-billion dollar arrangement being awarded to a company for a waste water treatment plant on the outskirts of the capital. “If the President is to be authentic to his commitment to the people of Trinidad and Tobago, he must ask the Government for an explanation about this development. I am calling on the Government to stop the award of this arrangement,” said PNM and Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley. He told a news conference that the award of the bllion-dollar arrangement to Super Industrial Services (SIS) for the Beetham Wastewater Treatment Plant by National-owned National Gas Company (NGC) was made even though SIS’s bid was TT$400 million (One TT dollar =US0.16 cents) additional than the other bidder on the project. “This is preparation and execution by way of the rape of the Treasury,” Rowley said.