In Douala, Cameroon, solid waste volumes and disposal costs are rising, placing pressure on a municipality that has a
small tax base and multiple demands for its meagre resources. Initially the municipality outsourced the collection and
disposal of solid waste to the private sector, but collection rates are declining. Informal solid waste pickers operate in
the sector, but their collection rates are low. The Cameroonian government now sees a public private partnership approach
as a cost efficient solution to the problem. This study interviewed key decision makers within the solid waste
sector to establish how the sector could become profitable, while improving collection and recyclable recovery rates.
Results show that the Cameroonian government has not fostered an enabling environment for the private sector to
flourish. Unless this changes, the number of enterprises, operating profits and recyclable recovery rates will not increase.
An inadequate organizational structure; poor logistical support; lack of capital and technical expertise; inhibiting
government policy and regulations; as well as low levels of awareness and education at the household level inhibit
growth of the sector. All stakeholders wanted the government to create a favorable climate for change through engagement