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Monday, February 15, 2021

GAMBIA: An organic waste management project is launched in Greater Banjul

 


Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC), Banjul City Council (BCC) and Brikama Area Council (BAC), municipalities in the greater Banjul area of The Gambia have just joined forces in an organic waste management project. The initiative is financed by the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona (Spain) to the tune of 100,000 euros (nearly 6.25 million Gambian dalasis).

The project for the sustainable management of organic waste in Greater Banjul in the Gambia was launched on February 10th, 2021. It is initiated by Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC), Banjul City Council (BCC) and Brikama Area Council (BAC). The three municipalities want to improve the collection and sorting of organic waste in the capital Banjul. “The waste will then be used for composting and gardening,” says KMC.

A project supported by Spain

According to the same source, a new landfill will also be opened in the Kanifing district. The Sustainable Organic Waste Management Project in Greater Banjul is being implemented in collaboration with the Gambia-based lay organisation Mbolo. The initiative is funded by the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona, Spain, to the tune of 100,000 euros (approximately 6.25 million Gambian dalasis).

The Greater Banjul Sanitation Project is being launched just days after the validation of a waste management bill in The Gambia. The new legislation, which will first be reviewed in 2014, has been adopted by the National Environment Agency (NEA). It aims to provide the legal basis for the implementation of plans, policies, guidelines and regulations to control waste in this East African country.

“The regulations will clearly define if waste is to be collected on a donkey cart, how the cart is to be designed. It will also provide guidance to waste collectors on health issues and how they should deal with waste,” says Dodou Trawally, ANE’s executive director.

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