North of Dakar, the immense open-air dump of Mbeubeuss resembles a science-fiction landscape. Its 114 inhabitants alternate between makeshift villages where about 2,000 “reclaimers” live and mountains of garbage where men, women and children work in search of metals or plastics.
“The water table has been contaminated. The fumes from the landfill are an environmental threat to the population. Many people have developed respiratory diseases among the people living on the dump, but also in the neighboring villages. The vegetables grown in the area are contaminated.
We can treat this waste by obtaining bunker fuel, coal smoke and heat in the process in a clean and non-polluting way.