Safe solid waste management

Place bins

Place a dustbin inside your latrine to dispose of general waste and menstrual hygiene products. Never throw solid waste into the toilets, as this causes blockages and overflowing toilets. Throw waste into bins.

Secure the bin

Establish a secure location within the household compound and ina covered receptacle to safely store all the solid waste until service collectors come to pick it up. 

Pick-up

Hand out the waste receptacle to the service collectors at the designated time or if authorised (schools and health facilities) burn solid waste in incinerators. 

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Frequently asked questions

Why is it important to throw solid waste into dustbins and not pits/tanks? 

Solid waste such as menstrual pads, diapers, clothes, newspapers, plastic bags, and others that are thrown into pits and tanks, contribute to blockages and increases the frequency of emptying need as the tank/pit fills up faster and will increase the emptying cost as an extra fee is charged for fishing out the solid waste before emptying can – all of which make emptying more costly for you. Additionally, it increases the chances of spreading diseases that threaten the health of your family and community.

What should I do with the trash that I dispose of in the dustbin? 

Households should take the trash disposed of in the dustbins and mix it with the other solid waste stored in the house, then this is treated the same way. 

What is safe storage and disposal of solid waste?

Safe storage and disposal of solid waste refers to the act of placing a dustbin inside your toilet room/cubicle, with a covered lid which is then emptied in a larger bin with the other solid waste in the house, still with a covered lid and to prevent littering or access by waste pickers such as dogs. There should also be no leakages in the dustbin that can release leachates that contaminate the surrounding environment.