In Lebanon, the waste generated per day per capita is estimated to stand at 1.1 kg/day/capita in urban areas. Only 8% of Municipal waste is recycled while approximately 50% of it is organic. Due to the current economic crisis, it may be tempting for governorates to opt for less costly unmanaged waste management systems such as open dumping which has significant indirect costs to environmental and human health.
Municipalities lack the resources to enforce policies supporting a circular economy and a sustainable consumption and production strategy. Nudawwer, through its pilot project in Mar Mkhayel, Beirut, demonstrated how such a strategy can be beneficial for the community and eventually inspire policy change. For this, Nudawwer has developed guidelines for sustainable consumption and production practices at household as well as corporate levels aiming to prevent food and plastic waste as well as support restaurants to become green and circular.
To be drivers of change, Nudawwer encourages following the guidelines, downloading our soon-to-be-published mobile application, and looking for tips to Reduce, Reuse, Repair, and Recycle, shopping wisely, speaking up, and engaging in our recycling activities.