CASE STUDY: THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT OF THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL OF MAPUTO,MOZAMBIQUE

Posted on: 2nd September 2015

Solid waste management is organized and executed by the Municipal Department (Directorate) for Health and Cleansing, which is also responsible for the Municipality’s activities related to health and for the management of the city’s cemeteries. Political responsibility for this work rests with the Councillor for Health and Cleansing, who is nominated by the Mayor. This paper will focus on SWM, which is the biggest and most important section of the Department. Under these circumstances the first priority in solid waste management (SWM) has been to establish a simple but efficient operational system to guarantee basic standards of waste collection and city cleaning. In 2002 GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit – German technical cooperation) was commissioned by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ) to assist the city of Maputo to build up a sustainable SWM system. This assistance has been operationalized by the project AGRESU (Apoio a Gestão de Resíduos Sólidos Urbanos) with the aims of developing efficient organizational and institutional structures, developing the capacity of personnel, and promoting local recycling. A concerted effort was made to integrate the informal sector into this system. CASE STUDY: THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT OF THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL OF MAPUTO,MOZAMBIQUE