Waste management is one of the biggest challenges confronting many African countries.
The issue of collection, management and disposal of solid waste still features highly in major towns and cities across the region.
Failure to correctly manage waste disposal has often led to flooding and the outbreak of diseases.
As the continent’s population continues to increase, the waste problem will remain and even get worse.
People are, therefore, finding ways to make good use of the frequent pile of rubbish.
In Ethiopia, waste is being converted into electricity. The Reppie Waste-to-Energy Project will incinerate 1,400 tons of waste every day.
This represents about 80 per cent of the city’s waste generation. The plant will also supply the people with 30 per cent of their household electricity needs.
In South Africa, some companies are also converting waste into animal feed.