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All waste system elements should be looked upon as being stages in the movement, or flow, of materials from the mining stage, via processing, production and consumption stage towards final treatment and disposal. A waste management system is a combination of several stages in the management of the flow of materials within the city and the region. A waste management plan is part of an integrated materials management strategy, in which the city makes deliberate and normative decisions about how materials should flow. The waste elements then become specific tactics to deal with specific materials after they have been consumed. Those elements include:

Prevention, Reuse, Generation, Source Separation, Recovery, Collection, Transfer, Recycling, Treatment, Disposal

Below you can find all the available resources- events, organizations, pages, weblinks- that relate to different waste system elements.


ISWM Case Study: Municipality of Elefsina, Attica, Greece

posted on 23 June 2010 by Anonymous
The case of Elefsina Municipality: An example of ISWM in practise! Located in the north-west coast of Attica, in Greece and with a population of approximately 300.000 inhabitants, Elefsina is one of the most active municipalities in the country in...


posted on 24 June 2010 by Anonymous
What is Plastic Waste? For more information on what is plastic as a raw material and as waste can be found at the following links: Association of Plastic Manufactureurs in Europe: The European Plastics Converters: www....

The Economic Aspects of the Informal Sector in Solid Waste Management

posted on 8 September 2011 by Anonymous
This booklet is about people who earn a livelihood and support their families by extracting value from solid waste. These people are sometimes called rag pickers,waste pickers or scavengers. There are millions of them in cities all around theworld,...

Reclaiming Livelihoods: The role of reclaimers in municipal waste management systems

posted on 16 September 2011 by Anonymous
An interesting report about the role of the informal recoverers and their influence on waste management systems. Case studies from South-African municipalities are presented in the report. The report focuses on the contributions of reclaimers to...

The need for the Private Sector in a Zero Waste, 3-R, and Circular Economy Materials Management Strategy

posted on 16 September 2011 by Anonymous
In global discussions about the future of waste management, “recycling” is the word on everyone’s lips.  Specifically, up to now in the meetings of the Asia Regional 3-R Forum, as well as at the 2010 18th Cycle and coming 2011...

Higher Education Needs for Capacity Building at Local Level for Solid Waste Management through 3R in Asian developing countries

posted on 8 November 2011 by Anonymous
The purpose of this investigation is to highlight the higher education needs for Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) through 3R by scrutinizing the present academic curriculum of Solid Waste Management (SWM) and capacity available with Local...

Determinants of Sustainability in Solid Waste Management: The Case of Gianyar Waste Recovery Project, Indonesia

posted on 10 November 2011 by Anonymous
Decision-makers in developing countries are desperate for learning from “success cases in solid waste management” in order to translate and implement such experiences. Today experts agree that integrated and sustainable solid waste...

Where can global awareness root locally? The Case of Informal Sector Inclusion in Integrated Solid Waste Management

posted on 10 November 2011 by Anonymous
This paper examines the informal recycling sector working on solid waste in Asia, with a focus on India and the Philippines, but with illustrations drawn from across the world. There is increasing awareness around both the role of the sector,...

Extended Methodology for Different Environmental Technology Assessment Methods

posted on 10 November 2011 by Anonymous
Various methods are available to assess the human health and environmental impacts of economic activities. The focus in this document is on assessment of Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) activities. The available methods for assessment of...

Application of Integrated Solid Waste Management in a Tourist Resort of Boracay Island, Philippines

posted on 10 November 2011 by Anonymous
In many Asian countries, in order to raise awareness and to improve the solid waste situation, innovative integrated waste management concepts have to be developed and established. As such an integrated approach should comprise of technical,...