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Formalising informal solid waste recycling at the Pomona dumpsite in Harare, Zimbabwe

Svongwa Nemadire, Stenly Mapurazi and George Nyamadzawo

Natural Resources Forum, 2017, vol. 41, issue 3, 167-178

Abstract: The role of informal recycling in poverty alleviation and solid waste management in cities in developing countries has been receiving increased attention. This study explores the integration of the informal recycling sector with the Harare City Council's solid waste management system, focusing on the Pomona dumpsite. The extent of this integration was compared with interventions proposed in InteRa, a new way of evaluating the integration of informal recyclers with the waste management systems of cities in developing countries. Our results suggest that the Harare City Council, which had the vision of transforming itself into a world‐class city, failed to fully integrate the informal recycling sector. We suggest to policymakers that complete integration of the informal sector will not necessarily prevent cities from achieving such visions. Rather, addressing the neglected interventions may help in achieving their visions.

Date: 2017
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