Collection of Solid Waste as a Tool to Reduce Violence (Phases l and ll)

Cooking briquettes, made of recycled paper products, being sold. Photo by UNDP Haiti


This project organized and mobilized a community with a history of violence and gang clashes around the labour-intensive process of waste collection and recycling. It helped to develop a culture of waste disposal and collection, and improved livelihoods by aiding pacification efforts and reducing the incidence of disease. The project had a positive environmental impact, particularly by introducing cooking briquettes from recycled paper products.

Key results


  • As part of pacification initiatives, the target community organized in collaborative work, contributing towards the 2009 reclassification of Carrefour Feuilles from a security red zone to a yellow zone. The early recovery efforts after the 2010 7.0 magnitude earthquake contributed as part of a cash-for-work scheme. 
  • 400 heads of households (57% female) offered decent employment; 2 females were on the community board of the project.
  • 50 waste-collection points established, 70% of the neighbourhood waste regularly collected and removed, and 30% of the community waste recycled. Cooking briquettes, made of recycled paper products, provided an alternative to charcoal as a source of energy.

Key features


Targeted communities


Municipality of Port-au-Prince, Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of the Environment, Sanitary Action Committee of Carrefour Feuilles (CASCAF), UNDP Haiti




Phase I: February 2006–April 2007; Phase II: May 2007–December 2011

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