As part of several strategies under the Promotion of Sustainable Waste Management Structures in Sierra Leone Project (SLE 1079), Welthungerhilfe (WHH) in collaboration with the Bo City Council (BCC) has conducted a two-day training for a select Group to develop a Waste Management Plan for the Bo City Council.
The training was held on 15th and 16th February 2022 at the Waste Management Department (WMD) in Bo City.
Speaking before the start of the training, Feras Hussein, Head of Project of SLE 1079 Projectimplemented by Welthungerhilfe (WHH), stated that the objective is centered on getting the people living in the project locations with the requisite technical knowledge to develop a waste management plan in close collaboration with the Bo City Council (BCC) to ensure it reflects the prevailing situation of their communities.
He informed that WHH would support the entire process of the development of the Plan in addition to effectively communicating such a Waste Management Plan to the people to ensure community understanding and acceptance.
Feras Hussein during the training took the four participants comprising the Environment and Social Officer of the BCC- Juliana Bah, Bo City Waste Management Department (WMD) Manager- Samuel HingaNavo, Sahr Tengbeh from the Environment Protection Agency (EPA0 and Bockarie Kaffoh (Bo City Landfill Disposal Manager) through the ideal waste management scenario, the challenges faced under the unideal and the dream situation of waste management.
He further illustrated Lebanon in terms of waste management and the challenges that country faced.
In addition, the WHH Head of Project went on to explain the various steps and outline of the waste management plan to serve as a guide to the Team charged with the responsibility of developing same.
Thomas Foray, Deputy Head of Project of WHH SLE 1079 stressed to the Group that they must ensure stakeholder engagement and public private partnerships are integrated in the Plan to be soon developed. He noted that even with the infrastructure for waste management available, the lack of leadership is a challenge.
Samuel HingaNavo (WMD Manager, Bo City) noted that the new waste management plan to be developedmust be comprehensive and timebound to cater to the prevailing circumstances in the Bo municipality.
He expressed optimism of ensuring that Bo City would be able to recycle 95% and dumps only a mere 5% of its generated waste.
Bockarie Kaffoh (Landfill Disposal Manager of WMD in Bo City) expressed the need to undertake a situational analysis of waste management in the municipality to enable a broader understanding of the situation and inform the new Plan.
Kaffoh noted that the new Waste Management Plan has to capture all necessary stages of the waste management chain.
Under this new waste management project currently being implemented by Welthungerhilfe (WHH) in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), the objectives are to: build the capacity of Local Councils in waste management, support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) engaged in waste recycling, provide appropriate technology for recycling; develop a national waste management strategy that would be approved and enforced at the national and local levels in additional to ensuring communities are fully sensitized and educated about the bye-laws and benefits and dangers of waste to their health and communities.