DBFZ and RETech elaborate a guideline for organic waste treatment in Ethiopia and East Africa

Ethiopia • 10. September 2021

DBFZ and RETech elaborate a guideline for organic waste treatment in Ethiopia and East Africa

DBFZ (German Biomass Research Center) contracted RETech (German RETech Partnership) to support the project “WasteGui – Guideline of urban and rural organic waste in the African countries using the example of Ethiopia“, which is funded by the PREVENT Waste Alliance, from 1st of July 2021 to 30th of June 2022. The scope of the project includes among others the transfer of knowledge to decision-makers and target groups on the basis of a guideline to be drawn up.

“Dumping in simple landfills in urban areas or open burning in rural areas are still common practices in dealing with domestic, commercial and agricultural waste in Ethiopia and other East African countries. The associated climate gas emissions and hazards to people and nature pose major challenges. At the same time, 50-70% of the waste generated in Ethiopia consists of organic materials, which when collected, treated and further processed offers great potential for use as compost, biogas, electricity or heat. A key challenge is to discuss established technical and regulatory solutions with local stakeholders, decision-makers and other relevant target groups. A further step is to overcome existing barriers to broad, adapted application. Only through the goal-oriented cooperation of all stakeholders can East African countries overcome the still long road to an environmentally sound circular economy.” Prof. Dr. Michael Nelles, Chair of the department Waste and Resource Management at the Faculty for Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University Rostock, Scientific Managing Director at the German Biomass Research Center as well as member of the RETech and DGAW board.

DBFZ (German Biomass Research Center) contracted RETech (German RETech Partnership) to support the project “WasteGui – Guideline of urban and rural organic waste in the African countries using the example of Ethiopia“, which is funded by the PREVENT Waste Alliance, from 1st of July 2021 to 30th of June 2022.

The overall goal of the project is to establish a strong network of actors from politics, administration, science and business. The guideline is intended to be a tool for the decision-makers about practical solutions for handling with organic waste, and to provide project planners and project developers a good starting point for sustainable projects.

The scope of the project includes:

  • establishment of a working group with a broad range of expertise and networking with local actors and decision-makers,
  • evaluation of the status quo in the handling of organic waste,
  • proposal of suitable technical solutions and
  • transfer of knowledge to decision-makers and target groups on the basis of a guideline to be drawn up.

Network and guideline should lead to fruitful cooperation to support Ethiopia and East Africa on the path to a circular economy.

Find more information about the project here and read the article on the RETech website here.