Waste management is becoming a particularly urgent issue in developing countries, especially as their economic growth accelerates. In these countries, open dumping and landfills are the most common practices for disposing of waste, due to their lower costs in construction and operation. However, it is clear that their use also generates direct negative impacts on the environment and human health.
Globally, various approaches have been attempted to solve waste management issues, and proper treatment of the increasing amount of waste is one of the important challenges for our society. There is an urgent need to provide reliable information to policymakers and practitioners so they have a clear and holistic view of all waste management technologies.
In this context, the IGES Centre Collaborating with UNEP on Environmental Technologies (CCET) and the United Nations Environment Programme International Environmental Technology Centre (UNEP IETC) have started to develop a series of Guidelines, in collaboration with the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) and the Japan Society of Material Cycles and Waste Management (JSMCWM), with financial support from the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan. The aim is to assist developing countries’ policy-makers and practitioners, at both the national and municipal levels, with their selection of appropriate waste management technologies, and in carrying out related policies and strategies to improve their management of waste.
At this initial phase, three main topics are covered, including 1) Waste to Energy (WtE), 2) Composting, and 3) Mechanical - Biological Treatment (MBT). This first in a series of webinars will focus on WtE, and aims to give attendees a deeper understanding of the Guidelines through a discussion of existing technologies, their advantages and disadvantages, and related challenges people may face on the ground. This following two webinars, on Composting and MBT, are tentatively planned for November and December 2020.
More information is available at https://www.iges.or.jp/en/events/20201028