Improved Solid Husehold Waste Management

-Garbage collection, proper disposal and recycling -Management of household solid waste -Sensitize the public on waste mgt

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  • English

Organization name


Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $500k - $1m

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 10,000 - 50,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Cameroon

Headquarters location: City

Mamfe town South West Region

Location(s) of impact

City A- Mamfe town and environs CityB- 11 villages that make up the Sub-region through which environmental awareness campaigns, garbage collection,


Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Try to bridge the gap of the absence of a solid household waste disposal and recycling facility. Improve health and environmental protection Promote Hygiene and Sanitation through environmental awareness campaigns Collect, dispose and recycle garbage thereby promoting micro agricultural enterprises (gardening) by the use of compost. Employment created through three components of the project (Sensitization, waste collection/disposal composting

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Mamfe is a fast growing town in terms of population of about 80 000 inhabitants. It located on a road junction with infux of business activities. Refuse disposal in Mamfe town is indiscriminate and uncontrolled causing much pollution. breding mosquitoes ponds and others. Health hazards especially malaria in Mamfe are on the rise as a result of unhealthy environment. There inadequate toilet facilities in Mamfe and a lot of stray animals, thereby causing promiscuous human and animal dedication. As a result the hygiene and sanitation situation is Mamfe is very poor. Collection and disposal of accumulated household refuse, clearing of street sites, opening up of drainages, sweeping of streets, draining of Aqua piny latrines, drainage of septic tanks, tree and flower planting with the use of compost collected from recycled waste, fumigation of compounds against pest.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

-Three components of the project created(Sensitization, waste collection/disposal and composting/bagging and sale of compost. - 1500 Trees planted and cleaning of streets twice a week -15 employment opportunities created. - 1 Civile Amenity site of about 1.5 hectares about 5km away from town created and demarcated by administrative authorities -Pilot funding of about USD 10 000.00 received from UNDP/Habitat/Project APREN (Yaounde). -10 of 22quarters and 11 communities have already benefited directly from the project -17 Aqua Piny toilets constructed where there are non - 5 cocoa gardening activities are benefiting form the compost -

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Individuals (from households) USD 13 560.00 Grants expected USD 42 000 000.00 Corporate contributions USD 20 000 000.00 Earned Income USD 20 000 000.00 Others (sales of compost,ornamental trees, flowers) USD 30 000 000.00 The beneficiaries have adopted a new approach of dumping in thrash cans for easy collection and are prepared to pay monthly token contributions for regular payment of staff and maintenance of project equime

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Our is different from others because it is divided in three components, participatory and acceptable

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Prior to the intervention of UNDP/UNHAbita/Project APREN and ELENA NGO in Solid Waste management in some quarters of Mamfe town. Waste was indiscriminately dumped.There were neither solid waste dumping and collection point nor disposal sites. In addition Mamfe had no organized and collective sewage mangement system. It is expected of every household in Mamfe to provide within its premises an independent sewage installation in the soak away pit or pit latrines Furtheer more in the Central part of Mamfe which harbors most of the population; waste water and solid waste are discharge indiscriminately. This pushed us to call on the attention of the council, opinion/religious leaders in a workshop sponsored by UNDP to discuss on this in 2008.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Social media

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Garbage pick-up 1.docx

These are some three pictures( from many) of activities executed so far

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Photo of karineantoniades Antoniades

Elena  well done in what you have achieved so far. I suggest you continue to establish stakeholder engagement and advocate for policies to support your actions on a national level