European Union finances solid waste management in the capital of Guinea-Bissau

4 June 2015

A project for urban solid waste management in Bissau (GRSU-Bissau), which involves waste collection in 10 neighbourhoods and 20 schools, was launched Wednesday in the capital of Guinea-Bissau.

Lasting two years, the project funded by the European Union with over 556,000 euros, has a partnership with the International Association of Lay Volunteers (LVIA – Associazione Internazionale Volontari Laici), an Italian non-governmental organisation working in the area of solid waste management in a number of African countries for over 10 years.

The project, which has an outreach component includes advising the public about how to deal with solid waste, said the Deputy Mayor of Bissau and coordinator of GRSU-Bissau, Fernando Arlete.

The Mayor of Bissau Adriano Ferreira Gomes said urban waste is one of the major problems that Guinea-Bissau is currently facing, noting that Bissau alone produces 250 tons of rubbish every day.

At the launch meeting for the project, the European Union ambassador in Guinea-Bissau, Victor Madeira dos Santos said he hoped the project would increase the capacity of the Bissau city council’s sanitation services and litter pickers. (macauhub/GW)