Date and time: 
Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:26
Through our membership in the World Universities Network
(http://wun.ac.ke), the University of Nairobi continuously seeks to link
it faculty members with their colleagues in other member universities
around the world to develop research collaborations.

In that regard, the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands is looking
for UON collaborators on a proposed project on dumps and landfills as per
the synopsis below.

Dumps and Landfills: How can we manage household waste to mitigate climate

Every second we throw out over 50 tons of household waste globally, a
number that will double by 2030 (Household Waste Statistics). Though we do
not have comprehensive statistics, in developing and emerging countries
garbage is simply collected in dump yards for the most part, with
landfills only in major cities. In high income countries, landfilling is
still the most widespread and economical method (Neczaj, Okoniewska et al.
2005), with the potential to contaminate soil, water sources and the
atmosphere (Ahel, Mikac et al. 1998). The extent of the damage depends on
the nature and volume of waste dumped in landfills and their management.

While on a global level there is much scope for improvement, Europe is
clearly a leader in waste management.

In Europe, member states have to comply with the requirements of Directive
1999/31/EC that regulates the types of waste that can be treated in
landfills with technical requirements on the structure of the landfills
themselves. For instance according to the OECD, in Netherlands only one
percent of household waste is put in landfills, 50% is recycled and 49% is

Under such a context, this project seeks to answer three central questions:

1. How can we minimize the damage landfills cause to minimize
contamination and mitigate climate change?
2. How can landfills be managed to generate economic benefits in terms of
livelihoods and energy while minimizing the health risks of all working on
landfill premises?
3. How can countries catch-up with the leading European countries like
Germany (0% of waste in landfills) and Netherlands (1% of waste in
landfills) to reduce the amount of non-recycled waste in dump yards and

If interested please contact

Georgiades Costas, costas.georgiades@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Prof. Madara Ogot
Director, Research and Extension
University of Nairobi
P.O. Box 30197-00100
madaraogot@uonbi.ac.ke, +254 703114702
Expiry Date: 
Thu, 12/31/2020 - 07:26


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