Water & Sanitation
The impact of solid waste on the WASH sectorBack in the Netherlands, I read up on the subject to learn more about the impact of solid waste on the WASH situation.
Improving the WASH situation – deal with solid waste simultaneouslyNow, more than one and a half years later, I am working as an intern at IRC WASH.
I was quite new in the field and I had no idea about the ins and outs of the sanitation sector, which I learned belonged to the WASH sector, including (drinking) water, sanitation, and hygiene.
I have noticed that within the WASH sector it seems that the importance of solid waste has not yet been recognised; most organisations – like IRC – touch upon solid waste, but a focus is missing.
Besides solid waste being dumped into the pits leading to faster fill-up time and more difficult, dangerous and expensive emptying, solid waste is also blocking stormwater drains (see pictures), and potentially polluting the groundwater.