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African MSW generation share by select city 2016

The municipal solid waste in select African cities was mostly composed by organic waste, such as food scraps, grass, leaves or wood. However, the cities of Accra, Ghana and Lagos, Nigeria had a considerable share of other uncategorized waste such as textiles, e-waste and rubber, accounting for around 20 and 19.7 percent of the MSW, respectively.

Composition of the municipal solid waste in Africa in 2016, by select city (in percentage)*

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Release date

June 2018



Survey time period

2008 to 2016

Supplementary notes

* Figures are from various years and based on the most recent data available, more information can be found in the report on page 27.
** Includes textiles, leather, rubber, multi-laminates, e-waste, appliances, ash, other inert materials.
*** Figure for other waste was not available.

Figures may not add up to 100 percent.

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