Infrastructure Waste Management

We are continuously working on waste management to find long-term solutions both on a structural level and at the family level. It is a question about the environment, health and life, but also the base of wellbeing and planning for a sustainable future.


Nakamtenga, Burkina Faso




Ongoing since 2006

Contributing to these

Global Goals

6 – Clean water and sanitation
12 – Responsible consumption and production
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Waste management

– Plastic bags, are everywhere and for many, we gladly receive tips on what can be produced from them.

– We are looking for inspiration for recycled art and reuse

– We need funding for the development of the sanitary team

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The village life, as it still looks, makes very few negative foot prints. Food waste is a non-issue. Every little bit is used for humans or animals, and nothing is wasted. The amount of other kind of waste is also very limited. This gives us a good starting point for building a structure forward trying to avoid increased waste and negative imprints as much as possible. During 2019, we built an incinerator to take us one step closer to better waste management.

However, we have a long way to go and in some cases we ship out of the country because we do not find good solutions locally, such as batteries.

The sanitation team

The sanitation team is six women, meeting weekly to clean the area around the center. The women pick garbage and sort for incineration, and for recycling. Metal is not to be found as it is possible to get money when it is handed in, so it never remains. However, plastic and glass, spray bottles and batteries are a problem. Activities are also carried out with the preschool and school children so that the children are involved in the work of keeping the village clean and think of recycling.

Hazardous waste

An incinerator was built during the spring 2019 for all combustible waste, including hazardous waste from hospitals, etc. It will be tested and evaluated, and then offered to other villages and structures. The sanitation team is responsible for source sorting, recycling and incineration of garbage.


Here, there is not much left of clothing, plastic and other "garbage" once thrown away, so there is not much fiber left to use for reuse. On the other hand, waste such as plastic bags, batteries and other things that have major negative consequences for animals and the environment - and for the people themselves, when thrown and burned. Conversations are ongoing about how we solve this step by step. All tips and ideas are welcome.