SWEDISH RED CROSS

SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT FEASIBILITY STUDY

 

Bangladesh, 2018

GEG CONDUCTED A SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT FEASIBILITY STUDY AND SUBSEQUENT  PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION PROPOSAL FOR THE SWEDISH RED CROSS IN BANGLADESH

Background: Over 900,000 displaced people live in the districts of Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban in Bangladesh. Within the camps, significant work has been done by the WaSH sector, however, there has been little focus placed on solid waste management in these districts. The limited infrastructure for solid waste management has therefore resulted in a buildup of waste in the camps.

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society established the Population Movement Operation (PMO) in response to the influx of people from Myanmar’s Rakhine State into the Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh. The PMO was created with the goal of providing humanitarian assistance to 200,000 people focused primarily in the Kutapalong Extension Camp in Ukhia Upzala. This included aid in Health, Shelter, and WASH in addition to other supporting sectors. The Swedish Red Cross (SRC) supported the IFRC PMO operation in addition to its longer-term and ongoing work in Bangladesh. The Swedish Red Cross aimed to provide a comprehensive solid waste solution for both the greater Kutapalong camp and nearby host communities driven by the collection, processing and re-manufacture of plastic into useful and saleable items for both the camp and host communities.

Requirement: Conduct a feasibility study and project proposal development for the Swedish Red Cross in Bangladesh in order to provide a comprehensive solid waste solution for both the greater Kutapalong camp and nearby host communities. The study would include information regarding the collection, processing and re-manufacturing of waste into useful and saleable items for both the camps and host communities.

GEG Contribution: GEG, in consortium with the Urban Resilience Platform, Precious Plastic and e.Gen Consultants, conducted the Feasibility Study and Project Proposal Development for the Solid Waste Management in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh. The team provided a detailed assessment of the following components: 1) Waste inventory; 2) Current waste infrastructure and solid waste management systems,; 3) Likely impacts of the proposed project on local and national recycling systems; 4) Acceptability of the scheme to local, regional and national governments and regulatory; 5) Key actors within the humanitarian, NGO, non-profit and private sector and their potential impact on the proposed project; 6) Availability of land for processing and factory sites; 7) Sustainability of the proposed project; 8) Potential employment and livelihood opportunities; 9) Plant and machinery required and its cost; and 10) Environmental impact of the project. After the project was deemed feasible, a complete Project Proposal was developed based on the findings and recommendations of this study.

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