Housing Laboratory (LAV) No. 1 Liberia: Solid Waste Management

A Perspective on Environmental Sustainability and Urban Informality in Greater Monrovia.
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Housing Laboratory (LAV) Liberia

 

Solid Waste Management:  A Perspective on Environmental Sustainability and Urban Informality

Webinar on 26th of November 2020, 15:00 CET

Solid waste management and disposal is an overwhelming task for municipal authorities in Liberia, who face severe constraints in tackling the mounting waste situation. Within Greater Monrovia, solid waste management (SWM) is vested within city corporations. In addition, the Government of Liberia (GoL) has also established agencies such as EPA and the WASH Commission to enhance SWM efforts. However, mandates for these agencies seem to crosscut, resulting in a duplication of monitoring, supervision, regulation, and enforcement activities and a waste of resources. 

Currently, municipal authorities are largely using landfilling to solve the solid waste problem. The cities lack the capacity to adequately utilize other options such as recycling or energy recovery. Landfilling represents the least desirable option in the waste management hierarchy where the priority is waste prevention, followed by minimization, reuse, recycling, energy recovery, and disposal.