Investigation of waste management practices and cleaner production application in a tannery: Case study

Ignatio Madanhire, Charles Mbohwa

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This research study investigated ways of rationalizing chemical water and energy consumption usage and reducing waste discharge in a tannery. The work was motivated by the need to achieve sustainable development through the use of best practices to achieve compliance with environmental regulations through the application of Cleaner Production initiatives. The processes involved stripping of over 70% of animal skin wet mass, to retain a refined product. It is this non- useable material which is contaminated with process chemicals that is a cause for environmental concern. Effort was made to explore areas that consumed the most resources, and had the most emissions, with a view to recover, reuse and recycle or substitute waste material generated in the tannery.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWCE 2015 - World Congress on Engineering 2015
EditorsS. I. Ao, Len Gelman, Len Gelman, David W.L. Hukins, Andrew Hunter, Alexander M. Korsunsky, S. I. Ao, S. I. Ao
PublisherNewswood Limited
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9789881404701
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event2015 World Congress on Engineering, WCE 2015 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jul 20153 Jul 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Engineering and Computer Science
ISSN (Print)2078-0958


Conference2015 World Congress on Engineering, WCE 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Cleaner production
  • Resources
  • Tannery
  • Waste discharge
  • Waste management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)


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