Angola’s Environment ministry publishes handbook on selective refuse collection

23 April 2014

A handbook on selective refuse collection in Angola, which includes the methods to use and targets to achieve for recycling of glass, plastic, metal and other waste by 2022, was published Tuesday in Luanda by the Angolan Environment Ministry.

The handbook was launched during the 2nd International Congress on Waste Management in Africa and was considered to be one of the focuses of the Strategic Plan for Urban Waste Management, which is fundamental for the consolidation of a modern waste management policy and for value creation on a social, economic and environmental level.

According to the national director for the environment, Kamia de Carvalho, the programme is intended to launch selective waste collection programmes in half of the country’s 18 provincial capitals by 2017 and all of them by 2022.

She noted that triage centres and other facilities to support the project would be set up, whilst the indicators for supervising the selective waste collection programme are defined, the market for recyclable materials is assessed, and potential buyers and distribution channels are identified.

The 2nd International Congress on Waste Management in Africa, organised by the Environment Ministry, is due to end Thursday and is hosted in partnership with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and the Portuguese Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering. (macauhub/AO)