A Green City is our Home

A Green City is our Home

Strategy on Organic Waste Management in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


The total amount of waste generated in Dar es Salaam is increasing at an alarming rate and only a small fraction is being collected and transported to Pugu, the only waste dump of the city, located at a distance of 30 km from Dar es Salaam.
Harmful waste practices such as open burning and illegal dumping pose a threat to human health and pollute the environment. Furthermore, improper solid waste management causes unnecessary emissions of Greenhouse Gases. A recent analysis of the composition of household waste in Dar es Salaam shows that more than 50% of the waste is organic. In addition, the 6 large fruit and vegetable markets in de city generate a considerable amount of organic waste.


The assignment
is a key partner in the Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (MSWI) of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and as such it has been working closely with the Initiative on the leadership level and in project activities on the ground. In Dar es Salaam ISWA is an implementer of the CCAC City Work since February 2014. In the framework of this CCAC/ISWA project, we have been asked to propose a strategy on organic waste management in Dar es Salaam.


What we did
The strategy we developed distinguishes composting at two levels. The first one is at centralized level producing high quality compost for application in agriculture. The second one is at household level producing compost for own usage in vegetable or flower gardens. Proposed activities consist of supporting the establishment of the composting plant set up by the city of Hamburg and implement a master composting project with a train-the-trainer approach. Of course key issue is the creation of awareness about composting and waste management in general.

The report of this project is available here.


• ISWA – key partner in the Municipal Solid Waste Initiative
• Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)