Collection of Solid Waste as a Tool to Reduce Violence (Phases l and ll)
This project organized and mobilized a community with a history of violence and gang clashes around the labour-intensive process of waste collection and recycling. It helped to develop a culture of waste disposal and collection, and improved livelihoods by aiding pacification efforts and reducing the incidence of disease. The project had a positive environmental impact, particularly by introducing cooking briquettes from recycled paper products.
Municipality of Port-au-Prince, Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of the Environment, Sanitary Action Committee of Carrefour Feuilles, UNDP Haiti
Phase I: February 2006–April 2007;
Phase II: May 2007–December 2011
Mostly contributing to
As part of pacification initiatives, the target community organized in collaborative work, contributing towards the 2009 reclassification of Carrefour Feuilles from a security red zone to a yellow zone. The early recovery efforts after the 2010 7.0 magnitude earthquake contributed as part of a cash-for-work scheme.
400 heads of households (57 per cent female) offered decent employment; 2 females were on the community board of the project.
50 waste-collection points were established, 70 per cent of the neighbourhood waste was regularly collected and removed, and 30 per cent of the community waste was recycled. Cooking briquettes, made of recycled paper products, provided an alternative to charcoal as a source of energy.