This is a personal account provided to WasteAid through our eyewitness campaign.

Please describe the waste situation where you live.

Household waste collected and dumped into landfills and incinerated to the open sky.
Very harmful to the surrounding population due the toxic fumes produced.

Do people have to take their waste somewhere or is it collected and taken away from people’s homes? Is it transported by hand, cart or motor vehicle?

We have a firm that is poorly staffed and equipped to carry away the waste. The job is not well managed since they only empty dump bins in road sides and cannot even clean up blocked gutters.

How do most people deal with their waste? Are they generally happy with the situation or not? Why?

Most people in road inaccessible quarters have local landfills where they dump their waste. And it is incinerated regularly.

Do you reduce your waste at home?

My waste is reduced by personal recycling of my plastic waste into blocks and bricks. While my biodegradable waste is used in my farm as manure to grow vegetables.

Are you aware of problems caused by waste where you live?

People around landfills where there is constant incineration usually suffer from respiratory, cardiovascular and skin related heath illnesses. It is very sad situation since they are the poorest in our communities and have low incomes.

WasteAid Eyewitness: Franklin Nchanji, Cameroon

WasteAid Eyewitness: Franklin Nchanji, Cameroon

Are there any good things happening with waste that you would like to share?

Me and a group of young dynamics youths have put into place an NGO to recycle waste plastic bottles into building units, for social housing projects.

If you could make one change in how waste is managed, what would it be and why?

I will bring a change in the laws of our land governing waste management, for the sector to better financed and controlled.

Who do you think is responsible for improving the waste situation?

Everyone should be involved since it is collective effort to bring social change.

Imagine the year is 2030 and we are looking back at how humans solved the waste challenge. How did we do it? What do you think made the biggest impact?

Awareness building and sharing shall be the major tool used to turn the tide and which helped to kill the plastic monster.

Final comments:

I believe the legislative aspect of fighting waste plastic in our societies must stressed on. Laws must be votes and implemented to keep single-use plastics away from our market counters.

Thank you Franklin, for becoming a WasteAid eyewitness.


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