Dissemination of Best Practices on Waste Management
Dissemination of Best Practices on Waste Management


Although waste-related best practices and innovations are surely happening all over the world, only small number of people can recognize and benefit from them. In order to establish and scale up sustainable waste management systems, it is important to improve access to innovations and interventions that can transform waste into wealth and recover resources. Such dissemination can assist waste management stakeholders who are seeking effective practices and feasible interventions to improve waste management in their cities.

Towards a Solution

World Habitat Day 2019 was a great opportunity to showcase and disseminate waste innovations from all over the world and bring a more positive outlook to the waste management discourse. Through the “Call for Innovative Solutions to transform Waste to Wealth,” UN-Habitat assisted innovators to present their best solutions and innovative ideas, and to reach out to other organizations, waste management practitioners and beneficiaries, in an effort to publicize their work to stakeholders across the globe.

Applicants submitted their innovative technologies, solutions, ideas, and approaches that change the way we think about, use and treat waste. The submission needed to support the 5R (Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) and opportunities that can transform waste to wealth.  Relevant submissions were published on the UN-Habitat website and shared with the Waste Wise Cities Campaign. The 20 best submissions were published and showcased as part of World Habitat Day:

  1. Comida Invisivel (Invisible Food), Brazil: Food waste reduction through an online platform
  2. Takawiri paper, Kenya: Fighting the water hyacinth in Lake Victoria by using it as a raw material for biodegradable products
  3. Phone2Wallpaper, Burkina Faso: Converting used cellphone covers into switches
  4. Liter of Light, Philippines: Creating cheap lighting from recycled material, powered by renewable energy
  5. Beib el Chouf, Lebanon: Sustainable cultural centre using recycled building materials and renewable energy
  6. eTrash4Cash, Nigeria: Payment of low-income residents for recyclable waste collection
  7. Soso Care, Nigeria: Healthcare cover in exchange for waste collection
  8. Sustainable Recycling Industries, global: Guidelines on e-waste management
  9. Wastezon, Rwanda: Online e-waste purchasing and collection platform
  10. MIRA, Ghana: Artificial intelligence-powered recycling assistant
  11. Salubata, Nigeria: Reusable shoes from recycled materials
  12. Bioresource Recovery Centre, Kenya: Organic waste conversion to fertilizer using Black Soldier Fly larvae
  13. Institut Catholique de Kabgayi, Rwanda: Conversion of coffee pulp into animal fodder
  14. Positive Change for Marine Life, India: Building of aquaponic systems from recycled materials for poor fishing communities
  15. Brick-by-Brick, Dominica/USA: Manufacturing of disaster-resistant building material from hurricane debris
  16. Sense in nonsense, Nigeria: Water cleaning through adsorption using chitosan technology
  17. Sanivation, Kenya: Sustainable briquette production using faecal matter
  18. Yapeka, Indonesia: Post-disaster waste management infrastructure in tourist environment
  19. RecycleIt, Armenia: Creation of waste recycling and sorting culture in 6th-most waste-generating country
  20. UN-Habitat, Lebanon: Installation of Reverse Vending Machines and transformation of waste into phone credit.

The projects were selected for being truly innovative and having significant and sustainable impact on a large number of people. These innovations are environmentally friendly, socially acceptable, economically viable, and successfully address the Sustainable Development Goals.

Contact Information

Andre Dzikus Chief, Urban Basic Services Section, UN-Habitat

Supported by


Countries involved


Implementing Entities


Project Status


Project Period

2019 - 2019

URL of the practice


Primary SDG

11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Secondary SDGs

12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
Similar Solutions
Title Countries SDG Project Status

Advocacy and Education on Waste Management

Global 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production Ongoing View Details

Colombia and the Dominican Republic Partner on Climate-resilient Rice Cultivation

Global 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production Ongoing View Details

Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling
Asian countries use their regional South-South cooperation experiences and expertise to improve energy efficiency and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions

Global 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production Completed View Details

Kangaroo Mother Care

Global 03 - Good Health and Well-being Ongoing View Details

On-Farm Bio Pesticide Production
Eliminating the Usage of Chemical Pesticides by locally producing Biopesticides

Global 02 - Zero Hunger 03 - Good Health and Well-being 08 - Decent Work and Economic Growth Ongoing View Details