Sanitation, Hygiene and Solid Waste Management

Sanitation, Hygiene and Solid Waste Management Courses in South Africa

2KO Africa offers various Sanitation, Hygiene and Solid Waste Management courses in Cape Town, as full time classes. Proper management of solid waste is critical to the health and well-being of urban residents. In most developing cities, several tons of garbage is left uncollected on the streets each day, acting as a feeding ground for pests that spread disease, clogging drains and creating myriad of related health infrastructural problems. The urban poor-often residing in informal settlements with little or no access to solid waste collection and often in areas that are contagious with open dumps-are particularly vulnerable. While urban residents in developing countries produce less solid waste per capita than in high-income countries, the capacity of their cities to collect, process, dispose of, or re-use solid waste in a cost-efficient, safe manner is far more limited. Municipal SWM efforts often focus on expensive 'end-of-pipe' measures, those involving the collection and disposal of solid waste, yet many of the 'bestpractices' for SWM improvement are far from accessible and cost-effective opportunities involving waste reduction programs and recycling strategies. The implications of, and the problems of improper solid waste management also lends itself to sanitation problems.




In developing country cities, particularly in informal settlements and slums, sanitary and hygienic conditions stemming from the lack of adequate wastewater and human waste collection, treatment and/or disposal are dangerous and even life-threatening for the environmental health of urban residents and deteriorate the overall environmental quality of the urban area at large. While defining urban sanitation problems and devising their seemingly intuitive solutions maybe less problematic than in other sectors of urban development, the hurdles involved in their planning and the trade-offs implicit in their implementation challenge even the most able urban water and sanitation (W & S) authorities. Globally some 2.4 billion people do not have access to improved sanitation. Every day as many as 30,000 people die from preventable water-and hygiene-related diseases. They affect at any given time almost half the urban population of developing countries.

Annually more than 2 million people die from diarrheal diseases. Many millions more are debilitated, preventing them from being fully productive members of society. In urban areas, due to high rates of growth and population densities, the individual impact of poor sanitation and water-related diseases, as well as the overall impact on society, is even greater. Children and the urban poor are especially vulnerable to the public health stemming from poor sanitation and water-related diseases. In view of all these constraints and its impact on health and sanitation and the environment, this cause will help amplify the strategies and structure policy frameworks to be instituted to effectively manage solid waste for future posterity.


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Key Features of the Program

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

Understand the importance of the management of solid waste and the relationship to sustainable development.
Appreciate the principles of best practice with respect to solid waste management, and the relationship to the conservation of resources, and the risk of pollution.
Have the understanding of the national solid waste strategy and the principal legislative and fiscal controls related to waste management.
Appreciate the nature and scope of the waste management industry and understand the duties, responsibilities and powers of those involved in the management of wastes.
Understand the various sources of wastes, their nature and classification.
Understand the options available for the minimization, recovery, re-use, transport, treatment and disposal, and how these risks can be minimized.
Understand the connection and inter-relationship between waste and sanitation.
Understand sanitation planning
Understand the concept of general sanitation design systems
Understand how to set sanitation as a national priority


Who should attend this course?

This course is designed for anyone needing training on sustainable waste management. This includes waste producing businesses, planners, regulators and waste management industry personnel. The course will also be of interest to representatives of or staff of other local stakeholders, community groups, NGO's and the private sector, including municipal sanitation and waste management directors and project officers.

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