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Waste management is a major issue in the towns and cities of developing countries, where the authorities have to deal with growing quantities of waste with limited financial resources.

Mbeubeuss dump site in Malika, Dakar, Senegal (14°48’ N - 17°19’ W). © Yann Arthus-Bertrand / Altitude Paris

Sorting and composting helps to improve local management of household waste while reducing its impact on the environment, particularly in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In fact, the anaerobic digestion (without oxygen) of the organic materials contained in household waste has a significant effect on climate change due to the emission of large quantities of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

In addition, the production of compost boosts the development of local agriculture and the creation of jobs for the poorest local populations.

The GoodPlanet Foundation supports the installation of household waste composting units in southern countries in order to turn waste into a resource.