Seychelles: New Waste Sorting and Collection Project in Seychelles Delayed Due to Covid-19 Restrictions

A waste sorting and collection project that was being implemented in Perseverance, Seychelles, is being delayed due to the ongoing restrictions in place in the island nation to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The project, which is being implemented by the Land Waste Management Agency (LWMA), is part of efforts to better manage waste, which is fast becoming a major problem for the island nation.

Under the project, 900 households on the manmade island of Perseverance will receive a 110-litre bin which will be used to dispose of household waste. To carry out waste sorting, the collection of PETs and cans will be reinforced by mobilising redeem centres directly to the sites to encourage people to properly dispose of their recyclable waste.

Another aspect of the project is to encouraged inhabitants of the district to turn their organic waste, which makes up a large percentage of waste in bins, into compost.

The deputy chief executive of the agency, Rahul Mangroo, said that the main challenge LWMA is facing at the moment is the ability to meet with inhabitants and hold meetings for people wishing to submit their tender to collect the waste. These two processes are necessary to implement the second phase of the project.

“During the first quarter, until March, we were supposed to enter the second phase of the project, but due to the COVID situation, we will not necessarily be able to roll it out. The second phase has to do with going back to the residents of Perseverance with the surveys that we have analysed and explain to them how the collection process will be carried out as it is not a daily collection,” explained Mangroo.