English / French Webinar (11 March) - How to handle non-organic waste in pit latrines / Comment traiter les déchets dans les latrines à fosse?

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English / French Webinar (11 March) - How to handle non-organic waste in pit latrines / Comment traiter les déchets dans les latrines à fosse?

Dear all,
Chers collègues,

We, the GIZ Sanitation for Millions team, would like to invite you to our upcoming bilingual webinar:
Solid Problem, real solutions? How to handle non-organic waste in pit latrines

For more information and to register for the English channel, click here: www.susana.org/en/webinar-registration-11-march-2020

We look forward to your participation!


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Nous, l'équipe de GIZ Sanitation for Millions, aimerions vous inviter à notre prochain webinaire bilingue :
Un problème solide, de vraies solutions? Comment traiter les déchets dans les latrines à fosse

Pour plus d'informations et pour vous inscrire au canal français, cliquez ici : www.susana.org/en/webinar-registration-11-march-2020-fr

Nous nous réjouissons de votre participation!


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  • SuSanA secretariat currently allocates 2 full time person equivalents of time from members of GIZ Sustainable Sanitation Team: Arne Panesar, Cecilia Rodrigues, Shobana Srinivasan, Mintje Büürma, Franziska Volk and interns Hans Christian Dworak and Keitumetse Tsubane.
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Re: English / French Webinar (11 March) - How to handle non-organic waste in pit latrines / Comment traiter les déchets dans les latrines à fosse?

On March 11, 2020, GIZ’s programme Sanitation for Millions hosted a bilingual webinar (English, French) to reflect on the issue of solid waste in pit latrines. Three sanitation professionals from Burkina Faso, Uganda and Zambia presented their experiences and highlighted challenges and potential solutions of dealing with SW in pits. Special thanks again to our speakers (Shurstine Somé, GIZ Burkina Faso / Aubrey Simwambi, BORDA Zambia / Faithful Atusinguza, GIZ Uganda).

This thread is designated to allow discussion of the following questions, which arose during the webinar:
1) What are your thoughts on the Flexcavator? How does this technology affect emptying?
2) Are pit emptiers in Zambia and Burkina Faso also charging an extra fee for solid waste found in pit latrines?
3) What role do you see in MWDSEP in enforcing solid waste management? FSM is strictly outlined in Zambia’s Sanitation strategies and policies - so what is missing?

Please feel free to add any further questions and to join the discussion!

The presentations and recordings of the webinar can be found here:
https://www.susana.org/en/knowledge-hub/resources-and-publications/library/details/3815

The case study, which was mentioned in Aubrey’s Lusaka presentation can also be found in the library:
https://www.susana.org/en/knowledge-hub/resources-and-publications/library/details/3826

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Christian
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  • I have six years working experience in WASH having been working for BORDA since 2013. Academically, I have a bachelors in mechanical engineering and a masters in Renewable energy engineering from the University of Zambia. I am specialised in wastewater/sludge research & development, design WS/FS treatment and O&M development and training
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Re: English / French Webinar (11 March) - How to handle non-organic waste in pit latrines / Comment traiter les déchets dans les latrines à fosse?

Dear All,

Here is my little input for Lusaka on the asked questions:

1)What are your thoughts on the Flexcavator? How does this technology affect emptying?

The flexcrevator is a good innovation but it is limited on how dense the solid waste in the pit latrine is. It is like for any machine that when it is overloaded some components will fail and once they fail on the site the job will not be done.
It is in this regard that if the solid waste is too much in the pit latrine some of it will need to be fished out with hooks before sludge emptying can commence. Fishing is very time consuming and in my experience the pit emptiers very much dislike it. I had a very little conversation with the innovation leader Francis in cape town during the FSM5 and he mentioned that if resources allow he would very much like to come back to Lusaka to test the machine again and see if new incorporations can overcome the challenges he faced trhe last time he was in Lusaka.

The use of the flexcrevator on pit empting would enlighten households that the waste thrown in the pits will remain with them.

2) Are pit emptiers in Zambia and Burkina Faso also charging an extra fee for solid waste found in pit latrines?

Currently, the legal manual pit emptiers do not charge extra for solid waste found in pits but the vacuum truck operators wash their hands out of the solid waste found in the pits and pass on the the business to their assistants to liase with the households on removing the solid waste in the septic tanks and cesspools at a separate charge . Therefore, the vacuum truck would pump out what it can and the assistant operator would manually remove the solid waste and put it in sacks and charge the household.

3) What role do you see in MWDSEP in enforcing solid waste management? FSM is strictly outlined in Zambia’s Sanitation strategies and policies - so what is missing?

MWDSEP in Zambia working together with environmental and local government agencies and authorities as well as NGO's are developing OSS and FSM code of practice and statutory instruments that will guide on the operations and maintenance of OSS facilities. These laws will guide also guide on penalties for solid waste found in pit latrines and how materials from faecal sludge treatment processes should be used.

The much missing enforcement mechanisms on OSS and FSM will be enhanced once these laws are put in place.

Lusaka city council is also in the process of establishing a solid waste management utility which will enhance solid waste collection and management capacities in the city and with these we believe the practice of solid waste disposal in pits will be reduced. The ministries ( MWDSEP and MLG) are currently working on legislative modalities for this utility to come through as soon as possible. The municipality has also floated an EOI for community based organisation to tender in and register their organisations for solid waste collection in zones of their operations.

Thanks,
Aubrey
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