Motivation for Recycling Solid Waste and Exploration of Regulatory Framework: A Case Study of Namibia


Authors : Tandiwe P. Mutede; William Chakabwata

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 9 - September

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8382083

In this paper the authors discuss the motivations of recycling companies together with stakeholders practicing and promoting recycling solid waste as well as to explore policy and legislation that inform waste recycling in Namibia. The paper is an extract from a national study (2019) on recycling solid waste an emerging raw material industry in Namibia. Solid waste, products such as paper, plastic, glass, aluminium cans, scrap metal and e- waste were recycled. However what was not very clear to the generality of the populace were the motives for formal companies’ engagement in the recycling industry and how they were regulated like other business enterprises. An interpretive research approach was used to inform data gathering and interpretation. A qualitative case study facilitated greater understanding of recycling practices in Namibia. Results indicated that environmental, economic and social factors were driving forces behind recycling in the country. However, Namibia lacked a comprehensive recycling legislative framework and relied on a number of disparity legislations that regulated the operations of companies in the country. Policy and intervention programs to improve the operations of the industry should focus on the adoption of an integrated recycling model. Adoption of such an approach should improve recycling activities nationwide. The components of the model included review of legal and regulatory framework; determination of resource requirements; promote development of program of action; strengthening operations through funding, along with the creation of a national database of recyclable garbage.

Keywords : Waste Management, Recycling, Environment

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