Dar es Salaam waste activities


As an actor in the Coalition's Municipal Solid Waste initiative, the city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is committed to reducing short-lived climate pollutant emissions from the waste sector.

What we're doing

Baseline Survey on Solid Waste Generation and Management in Mabibo and Makuburi Wards

This baseline study report was commissioned by ISWA and carried out by BORDA in cooperation with Nipe Fagio as a part of the Phase II City Assistance of the CCAC Waste Initiative. BORDA and the Youth Ambassadors of Nipe Fagio implemented a program by the name of ’Cleanest Mtaa program’ aiming at awareness creation in communities about solid waste management. Mtaa is Swahili for neighbourhood or in this case sub-wards. It was carried in Makuburi and Mabibo, two of the thirty-four wards of Kinondoni Municipality in Dar es Salaam city.

Strategy on Organic Waste Management

The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) is a key partner in the Municipal Solid Waste Initiative of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and has been involved in improving the solid waste management system in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. One of the main actions focussed on organic waste management and short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) mitigation through the diversion of organic waste from the landfill. In this framework, ISWA contracted WASTE to propose a strategy on organic waste management in Dar es Salaam.

This document “A green city is our home! - Strategy on Organic Waste Management in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania” has been prepared by Michele Giavini and Sophie van den Berg (WASTE). Many thanks go to Alexander Fecher (Dar es Salaam City Council/CIM), Kata Tisza (ISWA) and Paul Stegmann (ISWA) for their important contributions to this report.

Capacity Building Workshop on Climate Finance and Strategy on How to Seek Funding and Attract Further Carbon Offsetting Projects.

On Tuesday, April 25th, 2017, the International Solid Waste Association, on behalf of the CCAC Waste Initiative, organized a training on financing solid waste management. The training took place at the facilities of BORDA, the Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association, in Mikocheni, Dar es Salaam.

The training was organized by Kata Tisza and Paul Stegmann from ISWA in cooperation with BORDA staff. The ISWA expert conducting the training was Ms. Reka Soos, from the Resources & Waste Advisory Group (RWA). The training was attended by 19 participants, among them representatives from four municipalities. 

During the training, the DLAs received assistance to understand the importance and tools for proving credibility in order to attract new external investments (such as the carbon offsetting project of Hamburg in Kinondoni). Also, investigate options for obtaining potential revenues that may come from improving waste management practices and the sale of the eventually generated climate credits on international markets. A strategy on how to seek funding for policymakers was developed. 

Support to Improve Waste Disposal Practices at Pugu Dumpsite and Assistance for Planning of the Construction of New Landfills.

In August 2016, the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), on behalf of the CCAC Waste Initiative,  conducted a 2.5-day capacity building event which focused on potential upgrades of operations at the Pugu Kinyamwezi dumpsite and on basic principles for the construction of sanitary landfills. The capacity building was held by two experts, Dr. Sahadat Hossain, professor of the University of Texas at Arlington and David Dugger, landfill manager of the City of Denton. The event was attended by 19 stakeholders from all sectors, including the local authorities, academia, NGOs and private companies.

As a result of the capacity building, a document was created with the aim of providing an overview of the most important considerations for the construction of a sanitary landfill. The report is based on the content of the capacity building provided in August 2016 and on other documents written by ISWA experts and published by ISWA, such as the:

  • Guidelines for Construction and Operation Municipal Solid Waste Landfill in Tropical Country 
  • A Roadmap for closing Waste Dumpsites, The World’s Most Polluted Places 
  • International Guidelines for Sustainable Landfill Evaluation 3 (available in ANNEX I) and presentations of the ISWA World Congress 2013 sessions, held in Vienna, Austria.
  • In addition,  ISWA commissioned a report, on behalf of the CCAC Waste Initiative, to explore the potential benefits of Pugu-based installations and operations for the separation and sorting of recyclables from 100,000 tons/year of household waste and for composting the organic fraction.

Study on household-level behavior and pilot awareness raising campaign

On behalf of the CCAC Waste Initiative, ISWA conducted a baseline study to understand household-level behaviour, in order to increase household participation in waste source separation for composting/recycling, and collect basic data on waste generation. ISWA also implemented a pilot awareness raising campaign in order to increase the amount of separately collected waste within an identified area (sub-ward) and improve the payment of refuse collection charges.

Find out more on the Municipal Solid Waste Knowledge Platform.

Who's involved

Lead Partner: A Coalition partner with an active role in coordinating, monitoring and guiding the work of an initiative.

Implementer: A Coalition partner or actor receiving Coalition funds to implement an activity or initiative.

Resources & tools

Activity contact

Sandra Mazo-Nix,
Programme Manager
secretariat [at] ccacoalition.org


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