RCE Lusaka-2013

1. Project Title: 
Dump site scavenging as a source of income in poor communities
3. Project partner contact information : 
University of Zambia
Research team
Main Contact: 
Bernard Chileshe and Dr Liberty Mweemba
5. Project description
Provide a short description of the project including strategies, regional challenges, aims and specific project activities.: 

The project intends to look waste management as a source of income in poor communities residing around Chunga dump site in Lusaka Peri-Urban Area. The research is also looking at waste management and waste reduction in form of recycling and re-use.

The scavenging activity is done school drop-out youths and women who spend their time on the dump site recovering waste and latter sell it in the communities to small scale business entrepreneurs. These small scale entrepreneurs buy things like bottles, plastics and metal items which they use to manufacture other goods or repackaging other liquid products.


• The main is that the Local authority has have no capacity to manage the dump site hence the increase in the number of scavengers on the landfill.

• The other challenge is lack of awareness by scavengers on the risk of conducting business in the landfill.

• Lack of raw materials for the small scale entrepreneurs.

6. Project status
In Planning
More information can be found at: Lusaka City Council and Zambia Environmental Management Agency websites
8. Tagging
Africa and Middle East