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Zanrec

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Verant­wortung für Mensch & Umwelt

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It’s something almost every traveler has seen on his journey across countries: huge dumpsites, trash amid nature or swept up to the beaches. Witnessing waste pollution first hand is disturbing, saddening and infuriating. Piles of garbage have left us speechless on several occasions. What bothers us, even more, is the fact that so much waste is caused by tourism and hotels.

Plastic and tourism

For more than 50 years the use of plastic has been rising. While the versatile material brings many advantages, the durable and slow degradable material is causing the most significant waste tide we have ever faced. As life is changing and an increasing amount of plastic is used by locals and the tourist industry alike especially islands such as Zanzibar struggle to keep up with tons of waste per year. We spoke with Asya Mohammed, responsible for Education at Zanrec to get the scoop on how they cope with the waste challenge on Zanzibar. After meeting Asya at their office in Stone Town, we ventured out to visit a group of local female ambassadors and school project. Our 1,5 hours ride took us past small villages and lush vegetation to the small village of Kendwa.

Asya, who has been with Zanrec for about four years, took the time to tell us more about the waste issue on Zanzibar and social impact Zanzrec has.
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[wp-svg-icons icon=”info” wrap=”i”] Zanzibar’s Tide of waste

[wp-svg-icons icon=”info” wrap=”i”] Zanrec’s social waste management system

[wp-svg-icons icon=”info” wrap=”i”] Cooperations with Zanzibar’s hotels

[wp-svg-icons icon=”info” wrap=”i”] Creating Social Change

[wp-svg-icons icon=”info” wrap=”i”] Meet one of Zanzibar’s changemakers
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[wp-svg-icons icon=”location” wrap=”i”] A tide of waste…..

Asya, a mother of 2, has been witnessing the development of waste on the island first hand. With more tourists visiting the island of Zanzibar, the waste related to the tourism industry increased drastically.

The municipal waste service only covers Stone Town, so the majority of the trash (70%) is dumped illegally. Those illegal dumpsites are full of dangers for the local community.
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The extent of pollution

Waste does not only contaminate groundwater and soil but is also posing an actual risk to the health of humans and animals. Kids scavenging illegal dumpsites are at risk of getting sick by coming in contact with toxic materials and various disease vectors.Livestock feeding of waste imposes and high risk of alimentary intoxication or food poisoning when being eaten.
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Changed consumption patterns

Additionally, the consumption patterns of the locals have changed. Plastic packaging and other one-time products are convenient and replaced traditional means. Diapers are an excellent example of that. Used diapers which carelessly dumped impose a significant risk of diarrhea and Ebola can only be stopped by everybody.
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[wp-svg-icons icon=”location” wrap=”i”] Zanrec’s solution

Through its innovative business model, Zanrec has developed a system that ensures 95% waste recycling. Their unique infrastructure combines hotels with local community engagement. Founded in 2009 by two social entrepreneurs: Erik Gulbrandsen, Fredrik Alfredsson with the support of The Rylander Foundation. Zanrec is currently serving numerous hotels providing full-service waste management.
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[wp-svg-icons icon=”location” wrap=”i”] Changing Zanzibar’s hotels

To tackle the waste pollution, the Zanrec continuously develops a range of impact-driven actions. At our first stop at a school in Kendwa, we get to witness one example. We visited the waste management class thought at a local school.

Children are learning about the dangers of waste and the impacts of waste. They also learn how to properly dispose of it. Often, well-informed children have an effect on the whole family. We can feel Asya’s pride as she tells us stories about children teaching their mothers about waste issues. “They are the future of a clean Zanzibar! We are so proud they help us to spread the word and educate their mothers,” she says.

Zanrec supports the school with training materials, educational programs but and also hands-on support. A veggie garden fertilized by organic waste is now replacing the dumpsite in the school’s backyard.
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[wp-svg-icons icon=”location” wrap=”i”] Creating social change on Zanzibar

As we continue our journey to the outskirts of Kendwa, Asya tells us about a group of local women she referred to as “Mamas.”

Zanrec has been working with them for some time, educating them on the risks of waste. Zanrec also supports them with phasing out dumpsites.

As we walk with the group of women and collect trash, we can feel their sense of pride and belonging. They are proud to provide a healthier environment for their children, and it feels great to spend time with them. Old dumpsites have been converted into playgrounds. They now benefit the whole community. Click below to see more

On our way back, Asya explains how Zanrec recruits, trains, and equips entrepreneurial individuals to become community waste agents. Zanrec has trained 20 community waste agents so far. All of them play an important role in cleaning Zanzibar. Despite raising awareness in their communities, the local entrepreneurs’ influence and support others through their waste collecting activities.
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[wp-svg-icons icon=”location” wrap=”i”] Meet Zanzibar’s changemaker

Asya impressed us with her passion and determination. With her work for Zanrec, she can directly see and feel the positive impact of her actions. Creating a clean Zanzibar for her children and generations to come is more than her daily work. She is following her inner calling. Her aura of contempt with her profession is inspiring! Asya’s excitement is contagious. We hope she can excite many more individuals for the idea of a clean Zanzibar.
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Waste and tourism

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[wp-svg-icons icon=”info” wrap=”i”] Marine pollution and tourism

Without a doubt, the destruction of marine life and pollution are some of today’s biggest challenges. With an ever booming tourism industry and about 80% taking place in coastal areas, tourism has taken on a significant role in the pollution of marine life. While the number of tourist arrivals increases the amount of trash, the lack of waste management and infrastructure in many countries only accentuate the problem. On average only 9% of all plastic is recycled, which could lead up to 250 tons of mismanaged waste in 2025 worldwide.

The tourism competitiveness report 2017 showed that the destruction of the natural environment has an effect on the tourism sector, which puts even more pressure on countries dealing with over-tourism. A UN Environmental report suggests that the use of key resources such as energy, water, land, and materials (such as fossil fuels, minerals, metals, and biomass) continues to grow significantly with its generation of solid waste, sewage, loss of biodiversity. If the industry continues to boom until 2050 as is, it will cause an increase of 154% in energy consumption, 131% in greenhouse gas emissions, 152% in water consumption and 251% in solid waste disposal!

The economic damage caused by plastic waste is huge. In the Asia Pacific region, Plastic litter costs its tourism, fishing, and shipping industries $1.3 billion per year. In Europe spent about €630 million per year to remove plastic waste from coasts and beaches. Other studies suggest that the total economic damage to the world’s marine ecosystem caused by plastic amounts to at least $13 billion every year.
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