I couldn’t receive services from sweepers as there are no nearby drains and they would charge a lot to dump elsewhere. Thanks to SWEEP I can have proper emptying services at affordable prices. I would recommend SWEEP to others in my neighbourhood.

Bilkis, a low-income SWEEP customer in Chittagong

Launching a public-private partnership

We’re working with the Chittagong City Corporation to deliver improved faecal waste collection services. In March 2017 we launched SWEEP, a public-private partnership that provides a faecal sludge emptying service and tackles the challenges of poor faecal waste collection.

Read more about how public-private partnerships can improve faecal waste collection. 

Implementing community projects

We’re implementing a number of community water, sanitation, and hygiene projects in low-income areas in Chittagong. The projects include construction of new water points and sanitation facilities or the refurbishment of existing ones. We’re also working on behaviour change activities to improve hygiene practices, and work with a local NGO to implement these. Another project involves the delivery of new and improved toilets in Chittagong, which will benefit 10,000 low-income people.

Read more about our work with communities.

Capacity-building work with the Chittagong City Corporation

We’re working closely with the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) to help improve its on-site sanitation services. We’ve helped the CCC understand the role of the private sector in improving collection and treatment of waste, and are supporting the authority to create a contractual arrangement with a private entrepreneur that we’d identified as a suitable operator for the SWEEP service.

Read more about our capacity-building work.

It's unbelievable that faecal sludge collection can be a profitable business and is getting such a positive response. Now that WSUP has paved the way, CCC is committed to making more entrepreneurs in this business.

Shafuqul Mannan Siddique, Chief Conservancy OfficerChittagong City Corporation