DW AngolaScavenger Studies - 1997 & 2005

Scavenger Studies - 1997 & 2005

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In 1997, Development Workshop conducted a study on scavenging, a form of recycling waste. This study illustrated that scavenging was a strong income-generating activity for many of Luanda’s residents. In a follow-up to the 1997 research, DW’s 2005 Scavenger Study found that this informal economy remains active in post-war Luanda. While scavenging for food is still done in Luanda’s urban center, most scavenging for reusable waste materials has shifted to the city’s peri-urban dumpsite, Golfe II. – Gamek. However, scavenging for glass at this site has slightly declined since 1997 because of the emergence of partnerships between multinational Coca Cola and domestic beer makers with Vidrul, Angola’s only glass manufacturer. Subsequently, scavengers in Luanda’s periphery municipal dumpsite have started to collect other re-usable waste materials, particularly the aluminum container of the soft drink BLUE.  The omnipresence of waste piles in Luanda’s periphery implies that the city’s waste management, Elisal’s efforts are ineffective. It also suggests that waste related diseases continue to plague Luanda’s residents.  Recycling as a sustainable urban waste management strategy would be most effective if it considered contributions from the following parties: urban residents, scavengers, local-based NGOs, private, and public sectors and local governments.


An Overview of Scavenging in Luanda 2005 Final Report

Monday, 1 August, 2005
The 2005 DW Scavenger Study was conducted in August of 2005 and set out to examine whether scavenging still occurs in urban Luanda and on its periphery. While illustrating that scavenging activities have shifted to the periphery of the city, this report will also analyze the positions of ELISAL, urban waste management, VIDRUL, as well as multinational and domestic beverage manufacturers in terms...

An Overview of Scavenging in Luanda 1997 Final Report

Tuesday, 1 July, 1997
In July 1997 Development Workshop carried out a study on scavenging activities in the city of Luanda. The study was performed to gather concrete and accurate information on scavenging activities and to dispel misconceptions. No previous studies of this nature are known. The objective of the study was to identify which items are being scavenged, who is scavenging and under what circumstances,...