The SWEEP service has transformed the collection of human waste in three of the largest cities in Bangladesh, with the potential to go much further.
This ground-breaking public-private sector led service was launched in Dhaka, in 2015, to address the lack of safe collection and treatment of sanitation waste services in the city.
To date, it has served more than 2.6 million residents in the country’s capital and in the cities of Chattogram and Rangpur, as well as 5 other municipalities across Bangladesh.
It is the only model of its kind which provides affordable services to the poorest residents, being financially viable for the private sector whilst ensuring the responsibilities of the public sector are met.
Read more about the SWEEP journey here:
WSUP’s Sanitation Lead in Bangladesh, Habibur Rahman, shares his reflections in this Skoll Foundation blog – Making sanitation everyone’s business