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