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Towards a circular economy: A case study of waste conversion into housing units in Cotonou Benin

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posted on 2024-06-06, 02:38 authored by Zaheer AllamZaheer Allam, DS Jones
Cotonou is the largest city and main economic centre of the nation of Benin, Africa. Following independence, the city has experienced major population growth resulting in the extensive development of slums on flood plains and marshes causing the loss of biodiversity of these fragile ecosystems. Infrastructural development, unable to keep pace with informal settlement development, and a cumbersome municipal service system, have led to the illegal dumping of organic and plastic wastes, and extensive land pollution. In addition, due to its primary dune coastal location, Cotonou is facing sea level rise risks demonstrating the urgent need to sustainably address urban development. Through a socio-technical framework, this paper considers the use of transformed plastic wastes as new settlement building blocks to reduce solid waste, create jobs, and develop low-cost housing. This new strategy offers employment empowerment and a strategy to generate an income of US$2,380,000 per annum and the creation of 3200 permanent jobs.

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Journal

Urban science

Volume

2

Article number

118

Pagination

1-19

Location

Basel, Switzerland

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

2413-8851

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

4

Publisher

MDPI

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