This project aims to research and better understand the management of water, energy and waste disposal by hotels on Sal and Boa Vista, as well as self catering accommodation, bars and restaurants, with a view to making recommendations and improving practice to conserve natural resources.
One major goal is to reduce the environmental impact of waste that goes to landfill, generated through hotel operations, on the islands of Sal and Boa Vista in Cabo Verde.
More specifically, we aim to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, support the public sector to develop a more sustainable waste management strategy, stimulate behaviour change amongst hotel staff and tourists in relation to waste generation and disposal, and support new local livelihoods opportunities through waste management initiatives.
Why? Hotels in Sal contribute 60% of the total waste volume on the island, amounting to approximately 30 tonnes of waste generation per day. Of the waste generated on Sal, 70% is paper, plastic and glass, and 25% is organic, yet all waste goes to landfill because there are no recycling facilities on the island. Strong winds can cause the waste to be blown across the island, littering the landscape and ocean.