Waste Concern : A Decentralized Community-based composting through public-private-community partnership

The perilous waste management situation in densely populated Dhaka city with about 12 million people motivated Iftekhar and Maqsood, two young and dynamic urban planners, to form a research-based non-governmental organization (NGO) in the field of waste management and environment called Waste Concern. To address the waste management challenge they developed a decentralized communityprivate-public partnership model for waste recycling to transform the solid waste into organic compost using low-cost, low-tech and labour-intensive method. Their innovative partnership model and composting technique has created lots of enthusiasm among the government, policy makers, researchers, international agencies and local authorities. The model has been replicated both in and outside the country.

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