Monrovia is Liberia’s capital and main urban center. Approximately 800 tons per day of solid waste is generated in Monrovia. This represents 45 percent of total waste produced.
The city has a waste management project supported by the World Bank with contribution from the Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund. This collaboration has led to the establishment of the Cheesmanburg Landfill and Urban Sanitation (CLUS) project. The objective of the CLUS project is to improve solid waste management.
The Monrovia Project has led to the establishment of several private companies involved in solid waste management. The project facilitated the organization of community-based refuse collection services in the greater Monrovia area.
Rapid urbanization and over population also occurs in urban centers throughout Liberia. These are causing environmental degradation and waste management problems everywhere in Liberia’s urban centers. The experience gained from the Monrovia project provides a pathway to develop a comprehensive national program for solid waste management in Liberia.
Such a program will create employment opportunities for skilled and unskilled workers in the areas of waste collection, processing and recycling. Additionally, opportunities exist for various stakeholders in setting up solid waste management enterprises throughout Liberia.
Finally, when solid wastes are properly sorted, opportunities will be created for utilization of the organic matter portion of the wastes (40.2 percent) to be used in producing biogas with the sludge to be used as fertilizer. All of these are options to be taken up by potential investors in Liberia.