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EWB-DK's projects in matters of waste management helps to alleviate some of the world's waste problems standing in the way of community development and health of local communities. Waste management is important for any community's health and living conditions. Inadequate waste management in developing communities and communities affected by disasters resulting in the accumulation of waste and thus a cumulative problem. The uncontrolled accumulation of waste pollute the environment and contribute to the spread of infection, acute diseases and high infant mortality. Especially seepage from waste poses a threat to drinking water and health.

EWB-DK's projects dealing with waste, aimed at development of local waste management and for the long term to contribute to sustainable self-help. With relatively simple investment and training creates EWB opportunity to introduce a waste treatment that can help to significantly improve the local population's health and quality of life.

EWB-DK’s competencies and activity areas with waste 

EWB-DK's efforts on waste management include cleaning up after disasters and conflicts, and development of local waste management and training in this. EWB-DK's network of waste work within two main areas:

  • Development of projects targeting comprehensive management of daily flows of household waste and waste from small subsistence farming / production.
  • Emergency assistance for handling sudden flows of waste from disasters and conflicts.

Partners and Practice

EWB-DK works with professional partners, regional and local authorities, local communities and populations, and other NGOs. EWB-DK supports professional partners with technical assessment, capacity building, technical design, and education, as well as regular coordination, reporting and follow up visits.

EWB-DK supports the local partner with technical expertise where local knowledge is not sufficient and where the local partner can further develop their food production facilities, organisational capacity and secure an income for their communities.

Co-ordinator for the thematic network Waste: Keld Gormsen 

Contact EWB-DK’s secretariat: if you wish to become a part of the thematic network for Waste.


See all waste projects in our Project database


In collaboration with EWB-DK's two partners DIS and Ocean Plastic Forum, we are developing a barrier that will slow down and collect the large amounts of waste in Aberdeen Creek in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown.

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Engineers Without Borders -Denmark 
Kalvebod Brygge 31
1560 Copenhagen V

Phone.: +45 70 27 40 06

Daily management, project information and co-operation:

Peter Horne Zartsdahl, Secretary General
+45 6067 7090

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the average life expectancy in Sierra Leone is approx. 50 years - one of the lowest in the world