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Client: 
Agentschap NL
Project start: 
March-2013
Project end: 
February-2015

Sustainable Waste Management in Colombia

WASTE is working with Agentschap NL and MetaSus in Colombia. The aim is to improve the waste services in the big cities, making use of the existing service providers, which in many cases are waste pickers who work in an informal way.

What we do

WASTE is working with Agentschap NL and MetaSus in Colombia. The aim is to improve the waste services in the big cities, making use of the existing service providers, which in many cases are waste pickers who work in an informal way. The fast-growing Colombia with its 45 million inhabitants offers great opportunities around waste management. The landfill sites are filling up quickly and there is a lot of interest in recycling and valorisation of waste streams.

Agentschap NL has teamed up with MetaSus and WASTE advisers to offer assistance to the Colombian Government in various waste management issues. Export promotion goes hand in hand with capacity building of national and local governments, including the involvement of knowledge institutions in both countries. The action plan is supported by the so called "Transition Facility", which has as one of the main objectives to increase (sustainable) trade between the Netherlands and Colombia.

How we do it

The programme has duration of 2 years and will develop three main lines of activities:

  1. Government to government: advice to national and local governments on the necessary waste management legislation and activities that need to be developed.
  2. Business to business: improving trade relations between businesses in Colombia and The Netherlands.
  3. Support to the informal sector (waste pickers) with their integration in formal waste management systems.

WASTE advisers will have the lead in the third line of activities dealing with the challenge of integrating waste pickers in formal waste management systems. Together  with the Colombian NGO CEMPRE WASTE will assist the local waste pickers organisations in their activities to join the formal waste systems.