Solid Waste Management
Zanzibar does not have a regional solid waste management system in place and solid waste is usually burned in the streets or thrown in illegal dumps, creating a multitude of public health concerns and environmental hazards. Therefore, we encourage all our guests to avoid bringing plastic bags/bottles and disposable batteries to the island.
To help reduce the amount of solid waste produced, Chumbe also controls and restricts the numbers of visitors to the island and avoids the purchase of non-biodegradable products. Where possible, goods are transported in locally made, biodegradable baskets. Non-cooked fruit & vegetable waste is successfully composted on the island, while non-biodegradable waste is brought back to Zanzibar where Chumbe has been working together with a private waste operator that focuses on the collection, processing and selling of recyclable waste, both locally and internationally.