Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution Programme

Sub-Saharan Africa

Journal Article: Macro Impacts of Plastic Pollution on Communities in Ghana

Researchers have extensively investigated the impacts of plastic pollution across various regions, yet a comprehensive holistic and location-based understanding of these impacts in the West African context is lacking. This study addresses this gap through a systemic assessment of the impacts of plastic pollution, in West Africa, particularly Ghana.

Uganda Circular Textiles

The Uganda Circular Textile project is designed to support a transition to a local Ugandan textile manufacturing base by incorporating clothes that would have otherwise ended up in landfill into new products and design.    The project will assess the existing second-hand textile value chains in Kampala to establish the types of materials that are currently discarded and will explore commercially viable alternative uses for these materials.  The project will pilot collection systems to divert unwanted items from Owino Market to a new Textile Reuse Hub situated at Management Training and Advisory Centre (MTAC) and train tailors and designers to repurpose these goods for sale. The project will build separation and sorting systems for the discarded garments, which will be repurposed into new items, including new designs, accessories, reusable nappies and sanitary pads, cleaning team and soft furnishings.  This intervention will demonstrate how applying WasteAid’s innovative whole-system approaches to the circular economy can create jobs and establish commercially viable secondary textile value chains.

Piloting Biochar production from Food & Beverage Waste

Sanergy aims to establish a first-of-its-kind biochar production facility in Kenya to combat organic waste from the food and beverage sector. SMEP is funding the feasibility study which precedes the establishment of this pilot plant.

Waste to Energy: The case for anaerobic digestion in Kenya and Uganda

Waste to Energy: The case for anaerobic digestion in Kenya and Uganda Organic waste is released through water and land pathways into waterbodies and landfills. Release of organic waste into these pathways results in production of GHGs and negatively impacts aquatic and human health. This report investigate the potential of anaerobic digestion as a suitable technology …

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