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Rubbishing Old Ideas: Solid Waste Master Class takes off!
The official start of the three day Solid Waste Management Master Class commenced on the 18th April 2011, in the beauty of the Paradise Valley Nature Reserve, with over 30 municipal officials from the African continent and South Africa.

Co-hosted by CIFAL and MILE, the Master Class kicked off with strategic inputs by the Deputy Head of the DSW and an in-depth exploration of Solid Waste Operations and New Area Management. The Head of the Unit, Mr. Raymond Rampersad inspired officials with first-hand experience, depicting commitment and leadership as key elements of success for solid waste management.

Day One ended with a tour of INK to examine the role of community solid waste operators. During day two the focus area was on waste minimisation, education and recycling. Participants found the experiences of Curitiba, which were shared via a DVD presentation heartening and enjoyed a site visit to the Kloof recycling centre.

The final day of the master class concluded with delegates learning first hand from experts at the Marianhill Landfill site.

Okoripiriba West from Nigeria has experienced aspects within the Master Class that he has not seen before. He said, “It was incredible, I believe that every person that has attended will take something back with them to help improve waste management in their countries.”  

Stella Mugera an economist at the Uganda Local Government Association thoroughly enjoyed the master class. “This was an eye opening experience for me, to see what another African country is doing in terms of waste management, by localising best practices and showcasing sustainability,” said Mugera.

The Solid Waste Master Class Learning Note will be published soon, so watch this space!

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