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National Waste Management Policy


Posted on 06 July 2012 by Sameera

The Ministry of Health and Social Services aims at improving approaches, techniques and methodologies in waste management and is striving to a sustainable approach to waste management. It is against this background that this policy has been developed. The main objective of the waste management policy is to ensure public health and safety, and the conservation of the environment by encouraging proper waste management by all stakeholders in order to reduce risks from transmission of diseases and injuries, reduce environmental pollution, improve aesthetically the surroundings and derive economic benefits from waste minimization and improved land values.


This policy is focusing specifically on Waste Management and use of various technologies waste treatment and disposal to minimize health risks. It is also geared to have a unified waste management system country wide. This policy provides the necessary guidance on the processes related to waste management in the MOHSS, wider Namibia health and social welfare sectors, and other relevant stakeholders. It is taking into consideration the process of integrated waste management from generation to final disposal. This practice also focus on medical, household, mining, agricultural, and construction waste.


The policy supports the existing legal framework in eliminating the challenges and providing monitoring solutions for compliance and enforcing the prescriptions of various laws and by - laws. It is also economically viable and sustainable project designs for effective waste management in the public sector. It is a tool to use as mechanism for enhancing the waste management portfolio and the ideal road to successful waste minimization through training, situation analysis, and assessment. In addition it is a tool to identify and apply practical solutions for rural waste management through engaging the public, exploring alternatives, finding champions to maintain the good practices.