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Stakeholders in waste management

Stakeholders, the first ISWM dimension, is first and foremost about participation of stakeholders. A stakeholder is a person or organisation that has a stake, an interest in - in this case- waste management. The municipality, with its general responsibility for urban cleanliness and the citizens or households who use the system, are (almost) always stakeholders in waste management. But other stakeholders differ in each city, so they need to be identified in the local context and often also grouped according to their interests. Stakeholders by definition have different roles and interests in relation to waste management; the challenge of the ISWM process is to get them to agree to co-operate for a common purpose, that of improving the waste system. In addition, the stakeholders in a particular city or region share a common social and geographic context and may be bound together by other systems in addition to solid waste.