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Solid Waste Management in the World's Cities

In our rapidly urbanizing global society, solid waste management will be a key challenge facing all the world’s cities. The struggle for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and related targets for water and sanitation are being waged in our cities, towns and villages where solid wastes are generated. It is at this level that policy initiatives on solid waste management become operational reality and an eminently political affair: conflicts have to be resolved and consensus found amount competing interest and parties.

This publication, Solid Waste Management in the World Cities is the third edition in the UN-HABITAT’s “State of Water and Sanitation in the World Cities” series. It is a product of a collaborative effort between UN-HABITAT and WASTE, Advisers on urban environment and development in Gouda, the Netherlands. It aims to capture the world’s current waste management trends and draw attention to the importance of waste management, especially regarding its role in reaching the UN Millennium Development Goals. It provides a fresh perspective and new data on one of the biggest issues in urban development.

Using the framework of Integrated Sustainable Waste Management (ISWM), the report brings together unprecedented research from across six continents. It uncovers the rich diversity of waste management systems that are in place throughout the world, and draws out the practical lessons for policymakers. The volume will be essential reading for all professionals and policymakers in the field, as well as a valuable resource for researchers and students in all aspects of urban development.

The core of the report is 20 profiles of urban solid waste and recycling systems in cities from all continents, illustrating how solid waste works in practice in tropical and temperate zones, in small and large cities, in rich and poor countries, and at a variety of sizes and scales. Each of the 20 cities is invited to provide a parallel data set, allowing analysis, comparison, and cross-referencing. In addition, specific features of the profiled cities – and others – are highlighted in short case examples.

Authors: Anne Scheinberg, (WASTE and Wageningen University and Research Centre), David C. Wilson (Imperial College) and Ljiljana Rodic-Wiersma (Wageningen University and Research Centre)

Co-authors: Lilia G. C. Casanova (CAPS); Bharati Chaturvedi (Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group); Manus Coffey (Manus Coffey Associates); Sanjay K. Gupta and Jeroen IJgosse (Independent Consultants); Portia Sinnott (MS+); Reka Soos (Green Partners Romania); and Andrew Whiteman (Wasteaware).

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