Creating economic opportunities in Waste Management

Employment opportunities were created for community-based organisations in solid waste collection and recycling through the “Taka ni Mali” project.

Location: Mwanza, Tanzania
Keywords: "Stakeholder involvement"


This project commenced to create adequate employment opportunities for key waste collectors comprising of community-based organisations (CBOs) and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) who often handle waste collection as a part-time occupation. The Taka ni Mali (TnM) Project was executed between 2017 and 2018 in Mwanza and Morogoro Municipality to build capacity and support the strengthening of the regulatory framework for Solid Waste Management Systems. Also, opportunities for new vacancies and additional income was created as project initiated recycling technologies with private sector actors and waste collector organisation.

The project focused on enhancing capacities of waste collectors, waste recyclers, supporting the development of adapted financial services addressed to both solid waste collectors and recyclers and strengthening the institutional capacities of selected municipalities to coordinate the solid waste management sector.

In conclusion, the project achieved the following results;

  • one hundred and seventy-four (174) solid waste collectors in community-based organisations increased their annual average net income by CHF 238;
  • twenty-five (25) new jobs were created in solid waste collection in Mwanza and Morogoro Municipalities;
  • Twenty-six thousand five hundred (26,500) residents properly sorted and disposed solid waste including composting while one hundred and twenty-one thousand eight hundred and forty (121, 840) residents paid waste collection fees and;
  • Twenty-one thousand nine hundred and fifty-two (21, 952) tonnes of recyclables (PET, hard plastics, tins and cans) were traded and collected by waste collectors.