Village clean-up in Kafr Badamas involving the community and
East Mansoura District

INTRODUCING A COMMUNITY BASED SERVICE

After the clean-ups in the four areas a permanent waste collection system was established in Kolongeel with the tractor and low loading trailer provided by SEAM. The East Mansoura District took responsibility for maintaining the other three cleaned areas and to improve the waste collection service there.

Consultation meetings were held with the different stakeholders at Kolongeel before implementing the waste collection service. A social survey was conducted to consult the local residents about their expectations from the project. The waste workers were involved as well to design a system that would enable them to undertake their work effectively and efficiently.

The nature of the waste in Kolongeel resembles the waste in other urban neighbourhoods and has the following characteristics: 50% organic waste, 25% dirt and ash, 22% non-organic waste (stones, sand, gravel, etc.), 1.3% paper, 0.4% iron, 0.3% old cloth, 0.2% plastic, 0.7% glass, and 0.1% bones. It is interesting to note that waste collectors in Kolongeel, as in other areas in Mansoura, tend to segregate plastic items during their rounds which they then sell for LE0.20/kg.

HOW DOES THE SYSTEM OPERATE?

The waste collection service that was established after the clean-ups in Kolongeel, is operated by Kolongeel CDA in collaboration with East Mansoura District.

The District provides a driver and two garbage collectors on a permanent basis. Their salaries are "topped up" by LE30-50 per month by the CDA. One additional worker was recruited by Kolongeel CDA as well as a part time fee collector, who comes from the same village. The new service includes street sweeping in main streets while in the narrow streets residents take responsibility for sweeping in front of their houses.

Collecting waste from households and commercial premises is done in an innovative way.

When the tractor-trailer passes by, one of the workers blows a whistle to alert the residents to bring their waste down to be collected. Working women usually leave their waste on the main street, early in the morning before going to work. 32% of residents use plastic bags to dispose their waste, 43% use a tin container, and 25% use a plastic bin or bucket. This service is provided daily and minimises scavenging and scattering waste by animals.

According to a survey, which took place a few months after launching the project, most of the residents (94%) in Kolongeel were satisfied with the collection system. The main reason given for their satisfaction was the reliability of the service. Residents and shop owners also believe it is easier than before, because they donít have to walk a long distance to dispose of their waste.

Another indication of satisfaction is that 80% of households and shop owners paid a fee of LE1 per month to cover the operation costs of the service. A member of the Kolongeel CDA collects the monthly fee on a door-to-door basis. Although some of the poorer households are not able to pay regularly, Kolongeel CDA is still committed to collecting the waste from every household.

A special management committee of nine members, including residents, CDA members and officials from East Mansoura district was formed to monitor the project. This committee meets monthly to discuss issues related to the project and to provide guidance to the working team.

The East Mansoura District is committed to working with the Kolongeel CDA and to providing the necessary work force every day.

Once the waste had been removed trees were planted to help beautify the area. Planting was organised by the CDA with the assistance of the village children. They gave the trees their own names and were keen to protect them against wind and animals.


Waste equipment and tree planting, in Kolongeel village

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