The project will alleviate barriers that lead to the landfilling of high volumes of organic waste, plastic, and e-waste from ending up in the landfill. Separation at the source and at landfill site requires multiple interventions and high initial costs. Technologies or approaches for the reuse or valorization of plastic and organic matter are limited in Rwanda. Furthermore, there is general lack of knowledge on these technologies and approaches at national and
The local institutions are also lacking the capacity to implement such a project. The concessional finance requested for the project is considered minimal due to the transformational changes that will be brought about through revision to the current regulation, building capacity and the provision of technical assistance and implementation of demonstration projects. These will facilitate the entry of the private sector actors in the waste sector in Rwanda, the introduction of the circular economy approach and the achievement of GHGs emission reductions. The project will incorporate circular economy approaches to municipal solid waste and as such will be transformational because of its potential for replicability in other regions and cities, in particular Rwanda’s six secondary cities that have a combined population of about 1 million. The project will focus on the Nduba landfill site in the City of Kigali with improvements such as the procurement of equipment for weighing and sorting incoming waste. The Nduba landfill site is located in Gasabo District in Kigali Province where nearly half of the residents of Kigali live. Gasabo has the highest poverty rate of the districts within Kigali Province.