2 Jan 24

Rugeyyi George Igga, MSF: Essential elements for a sustainable outcome in challenging markets

During the Global Fleet Summit, Virtual Experience, fleet professionals were invited to provide a short, but to-the-point response to one of 12 central questions.

Rugeyyi George Igga, Regional Support Fleet Management at Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), answers the question: “How to deal with the waste of my fleet in countries where there are no sustainable waste management providers?”

Managing waste effectively, especially in areas lacking sustainable waste solutions like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DROC), poses significant challenges. To address this, focusing on waste reduction through the five Rs of waste management – refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, and recycle – becomes crucial.

  • Refusing harmful materials and transitioning to eco-friendly alternatives, like shifting from two-stroke to four-stroke motorbikes, using city cars, and optimizing energy consumption, is key. Reducing waste involves employing high-quality products and extending usage intervals.
  • Additionally, efforts in reducing battery consumption, implementing driver training on eco-driving, and enhancing preventive maintenance have a potential to significantly lower fuel consumption, saved thousands of liters of fuel, and optimized vehicle and generator utilization by reducing breakdowns and wrong orders.
  • Reusing and repairing materials is another essential aspect. MSF has repurposed fleet waste for various uses such as fabricating canvas frames and repairing vehicle components like fuel tanks, gearboxes, and steering boxes.
  • Recycling involves collecting and segregating waste, storing it appropriately, and partnering with commercial organizations to establish recycling plants in DROC.

Through partnerships, MSF manages to collect over 20 tons of fleet waste, including batteries, tires, and engine oil. Collaborations with commercial entities facilitated waste disposal and exchange programs, redirecting old equipment and spare parts for recycling or reuse.

Cross-border recycling options have proven successful, albeit with some challenges, like restrictions on certain materials like tires due to market concerns. Engaging with humanitarian organizations to increase waste volume for commercial recycling plants remains a priority.

Despite geographical hurdles, partnerships and innovative approaches have been instrumental in effectively managing waste, aiming to establish sustainable waste management practices even in challenging environments like DROC.

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Authored by: Yves Helven