Africa is currently home to 19 of the 50 largest dumpsites in the world, according to recent data released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The agency added that with Africa’s soaring population growth, continuous urbanisation and changing consumer behaviours, waste production in Africa is expected to double – from 125 million tonnes in 2012 to about 244 million tonnes by 2025.
What then is Africa’s waste management strategy?
The African Union, which comprises 55 African countries, is ambitiously aiming to have their major cities recycle at least 50 percent of their waste by 2023. However, at the moment, Africa is only recycling 4 percent of its total generated waste, 70 to 80 percent of which is recyclable.
One of Africa’s promising strategies to effectively tackle its mounting waste problem is to convert organic waste into energy, and thus minimise the volume of municipal solid waste in its landfills while increasing its supply of reliable, clean energy.
Energy-from-waste projects are highly viable in Africa, where 57 percent of its total waste is composed of organic waste products that can be treated and converted into electricity or transport fuels.
In fact, Africa could have generated 62.5 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity from the waste it produced in 2012 and supplied 9.5 percent of its total electricity consumption of 661.5 TWh in 2010, according to the Africa Waste Management Outlook 2018, a joint study by UNEP and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
However, despite Africa’s significant waste-to-energy potential, it remains largely untapped due to lack of infrastructure, resources and expertise, as well as ineffective waste collection and management.
Visionscape aim to enable emerging markets like Africa to effectively harness energy from waste
Statistics from the United Nations show 50 percent of nearly 1 billion people worldwide who do not have electricity are living in Sub-Saharan Africa.
With specialised knowledge and industry-leading energy recovery technologies, Visionscape Group can engineer, build and operate farm- and industrial-scale waste-to-energy facilities that will allow local governments to harness Africa’s vast WtE resources and provide reliable, efficient and eco-friendly power to their local populations.
Visionscape are also established experts in designing and operating waste treatment and material recovery facilities, which are essential components of a successful and holistic waste to energy infrastructure.