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Solid waste management in Les Palmes, Haïti

After the 2010 earthquake, WASTE has helped the Les Palmes region in the reconstruction and modernisation of its waste management system.

What we do

As part of a larger project in the Les Palmes Region of Haiti, WASTE is asked to support the four cities in the Region of Haiti in the reconstruction and modernisation of their recycling, organics management, waste management, and public cleansing activities. These services were practically non-functional after the earthquake in 2010.

The whole project was based on capacity building of the 4 municipalities: Petit-Goâve, Grand-Goâve, Léogâne and Gressier.

How we do it

The implementation of the project started with the creation of DATIP: Direction Administrative et Technique de l'Intercommunalité des Palmes. The organisation was set up to support the 4 municipalities in the region les Palmes in Haïti. The multidisciplinary organisation assists and advises the mayors in technical matters around, waste management, water, sanitation, flooding and administration.

Solid waste management planning

WASTE introduced the ISWM methodology to the mayors, DATIP and involved several stakeholders in the first assessment of the waste management situation. DATIP’s waste expert received a full online ISWM training from WASTE and was coached intensively. During the missions and various workshops he also was actively involved to ensure ownership and capacity building.

Based on the principle that waste can only be successfully collected if there is a place for proper disposal the focus in the project was on the realisation of a good functioning final disposal site to be used by all four municipalities. In addition there were successful pilot studies on household waste collection, training on setting up waste management businesses, discussions with plastic recycling companies in the capital.


Milestones: Although at the end of the project the waste management system in the four cities is not fully functioning and sustainable it can boasta unique milestone: t for the first time in Haiti a piece of land is acquired and turned into a controlled disposal site. Also the pilot projects have proven to be successful as the service has been extended to more neighbourhoods and all municipalities have been able to implement the type of collection they had envisioned, varying from door to door collection to waste collection points.

Stumbling blocks: Haiti is not the easiest country to work in. During the project, mayors were replaced without prior notice, causing delays in the execution of the work. Land owning rights are a known problem in the country, making the realisation of the disposal site a big hassle.  


At this moment it is not clear how sustainable these results are. It is evident,  however, that the mayors were pleased with what was accomplished. They are even hoping on a follow-up of the project. WASTE is currently looking into possibilities for additional project funding. The disposal site was welcomed by the national government as a good example for other regions.

Having the controlled disposal site enhances the possibilities for sustainability regarding a stable solid waste management system.