Dar UN food agency turns rubbish to gold

Monday January 25 2016

Dar es Salaam. The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) in Tanzania has responded to a call to action on cleaning up the country, and in the past eight months has recycled over 2,200 kilogrammes of waste, officials have said.  

And nearly one tonne of the over 2,240 kilogrammes of waste the world’s largest humanitarian agency in Dar es Salaam has managed to recycle was white paper, equivalent to saving over 17 trees. 

Richard Ragan, WFP’s Representative in Tanzania said: “We simply couldn’t afford not to do our part. If we, as humans, don’t do everything we can to make our planet cleaner, the next generations won’t have a planet.” 

Responsible waste management, reducing waste to landfill and recycling are among the goals of President John Magufuli’s push to clean up the country. 

The WFP office teamed up with The Recycler -- a waste management and recycling firm based in Dar es Salaam— and introduced a collection point for recyclable materials at their Kinondoni based headquarters. 

This includes the placing of bins with proper signs and training staff on what goes into each bin. 


Besides just recycling office-generated waste, they encourage staff members to bring recyclable items, such as glass and cans, from home. 

The Recycler said in statement yesterday that white paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, cans and glass are all collected and sold to local industries as raw materials.  The firm said waste paper is locally-processed into toilet paper, while cardboard is made into envelopes and glass back to glass.

Plastic is processed locally and exported to the Far East where it is made into T-shirts, ropes and other plastic items. 

Matthew Haden, The Recycler Managing Director said: “We are very happy to see the staff at the World Food Programme commitment to recycling, and hope to see other UN organisations follow their example.” 

“Every kilogramme that is recycled, besides the environmental benefits, also saves the city of Dar es Salaam money by extending the life of their landfill,” added Haden. 

Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel has also introduced a full-scale waste recycling facility and in just three months the hotel has recycled 4,602 kilogrammes of waste. 

“And as operations improve, the company should be recycling over 1,100 kilos per month. That is 1,100 kilos that would otherwise go to the landfill,” said Mr Rahim Azad, Serena Hotel general manager. 

Mr Azad said the hotel has also teamed up with The Recycler in order to reduce their waste to landfill and recycle as much material as possible.