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Towards a Circular Economy: A Case Study of Waste Conversion into Housing Units in Cotonou, Benin

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Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, Curtin University, Perth, WA 6845, Australia
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School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University, Locked Bag 20001, Geelong, VIC 3220, Australia
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Urban Sci. 2018, 2(4), 118; https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci2040118
Received: 22 November 2018 / Revised: 6 December 2018 / Accepted: 10 December 2018 / Published: 12 December 2018
Cotonou is the largest city and main economic centre of the nation of Benin, Africa. Following independence, the city has experienced major population growth resulting in the extensive development of slums on flood plains and marshes causing the loss of biodiversity of these fragile ecosystems. Infrastructural development, unable to keep pace with informal settlement development, and a cumbersome municipal service system, have led to the illegal dumping of organic and plastic wastes, and extensive land pollution. In addition, due to its primary dune coastal location, Cotonou is facing sea level rise risks demonstrating the urgent need to sustainably address urban development. Through a socio-technical framework, this paper considers the use of transformed plastic wastes as new settlement building blocks to reduce solid waste, create jobs, and develop low-cost housing. This new strategy offers employment empowerment and a strategy to generate an income of US$2,380,000 per annum and the creation of 3200 permanent jobs. View Full-Text
Keywords: Cotonou; plastic waste; housing; job creation; circular economy; sustainability; environmental technologies Cotonou; plastic waste; housing; job creation; circular economy; sustainability; environmental technologies
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Allam, Z.; Jones, D.S. Towards a Circular Economy: A Case Study of Waste Conversion into Housing Units in Cotonou, Benin. Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 118.

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