Schemes



Compost Scheme

In 2011, the residents of Mauritius produced more than 400,000tonnes of household waste that costs around Rs 2,500 per tonne to collect and dispose of. We currently send more than 90 per cent of this waste to our landfillsite. In addition, it is worth noted that organic waste constitutes between 40 and 50 % of municipal solid waste in Mauritius. The cost of landfill is increasing. The government is continually increasing taxes and has imposed stricter environmental controls. Local authorities have been set limits for the amount of waste they can send to landfill. Treating it in an appropriate way contributes significantly to the sustainable management of resources. Compost can be used in agriculture and horticulture to maintain or restore the capacity of soils.

 

At the heart of the Maurice Ile Durable Fund Strategy is the principle thatreducing the amount of waste we produce is betterthan recycling and recycling is better than disposal. The new strategy at the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development makes a priorityof work that will either reduce the amount of waste we produce or encourage people to reuse materialsrather than throw them away.We need to minimize the amount that we throw away and find alternatives tosending waste to landfill.

 

The Strategy splits this work into three strands:

• Waste reduction
• Recycling and composting
• Disposal

 

The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development is proud to announce a Household ComposterScheme designed to increase, to mobilize and encourage participation of all the Mauritian population in environmental conservation and management so as to mitigate the serious adverse deterioration of environmental resources.

 

The Ministry is fully aware that the success of the Compost Scheme strategy depends on the involvement of the inhabitants. All compost scheme activities are coupled with efforts to inform, increase awareness and form opinions of the public about waste. These efforts are increasingly emphasized, in the direction of both the population and the decision-makers in the different local governments. The change of mentalities and a strong ecological conscience are prerequisite for the success of the future Waste Management and Sustainability policy. The message of MID Fund: “the participation of everyone is fundamental to a positive future” is being passed around. A technical team at the MID Fund has for main function to inform and promote the COMPOST SCHEME amongst the population. They are also responsible for developing environmental education strategies, with a particular focus on the school community as well as the general public.

 

Furthermore, the MID Fund will strengthen civil society actors (mainly NGOs in environment and sustainability) to develop a number of activities to work with the schools of their region, in the form of thematic sessions about waste and the environment, in particular household composting. A guide willbe published to promote the scheme and its usage. Other activities include the creation of an Eco-library, publication of a MID Fund Newsletter on a quarterly basis, the setting up of a free phone line, awareness raising campaigns, workshops / sensitization sessions on the reuse of waste.

 

The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development hopes that the household composter will appeal to the population to use these composters as well as encouraging residents to do their bit for the environment.

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For further details, please contact to MID Fund Coordinator or the MID Fund Project Manager at 203 6200.


 

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