Africa review report on waste management
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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Waste management problems in Africa are varied and complex with infrastructure, political, technical, social/economic, organizational/management, regulatory and legal issues and challenges to be addressed. Waste is typically disposed of without consideration for environmental and human health impacts, leading to its accumulation in cities, towns and uncontrolled dumpsites. Co-disposal of non-hazardous and hazardous waste without segregation is common practice. Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) management has continually been an intractable problem in recent times beyond the capacity of most municipal/state governments. The waste management problems are worse in African countries afflicted by conflict and political instability. The region urgently needs infrastructural, institutional, legal reforms and changes in attitude.