Date of Submission

Spring 2023

Academic Program

Environmental and Urban Studies

Project Advisor 1

Beate Liepert

Abstract/Artist's Statement

This thesis is a case study and policy proposal that focuses on implementing composting in urban Kabul, Afghanistan. The project is inspired by the desire to make the city more environmentally and economically sustainable, and to improve the living conditions and provide income opportunities for people working in the informal sector. The research explores the food and garbage locations in Kabul to find the intersections between the two and implement compost systems to prevent food waste being dumped in landfills. Through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyses, potential localized compost systems to mitigate the problem of food waste in Kabul city are identified. The goal of the project is to decrease the amount of food waste ending up in the waste system, and therefore decrease air pollution, water contamination, and public health risks in Kabul. Solid waste management system in Kabul also contribute to climate change by producing greenhouse gases. Therefore, the reduction of food waste will also help mitigate climate change. Finally, the project aims to create data necessary to help solve the problems that exist within the food and waste systems in the developing city of Kabul.

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