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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.


Waste in Catia La Mar, Venezuela

posted on 15 October 2010 by verele
This photo was taken in Catia la Mar, Vargas, Venezuela. It is a medium-sized city where many live in unplanned urban settlements, with difficult accessibility for vehicles and even pedestrians have to negotiate steep stairscases to reach their houses...
Training materials

Start your Waste Recycling Business: A training Guide!

posted on 23 June 2010 by Anonymous
The International Labour Office has published a series of guides with the title '' Start your Waste Recycling Business '' in October 2007. The series comprises of three handbooks: 1. The Business Manual 2. The Business Plan...

Story of Stuff

posted on 12 July 2010 by verele
An interesting video explaining materials cycle. The Story of Stuff was launched online on December 4, 2007 and is a big success.

Toxics Link

posted on 12 July 2010 by verele
Toxics Link has unique expertise in the areas of hazardous, medical and municipal wastes, as well as in specific issues such as the international waste trade, and the emerging issues of pesticides and POPs.

Campaign on Waste management in Nairobi

posted on 12 July 2010 by ihaenen
The video shows the current living conditions of one part of the Nairobi society, having to deal with increasing waste dumping and lack of health and safety standards in waste management practices. 

Software for Environmental Awareness (SEAHOME)

posted on 15 July 2010 by verele
This website offers a tool to learn to safely and efficiently manage waste, and particularly hazardous waste, in the home. It has been developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Region 5 and Purdue University who have worked...

e-Waste Guide

posted on 21 July 2010 by Anonymous
  The e-waste guide is a knowledge base for the sustainable recycling of e-Waste. This guide is developed as part of the "Global Knowledge Partnerships in e-Waste Recycling" programme, initiated by the Swiss State Secretariat for...

e-Waste: the National Solid Waste Association of India

posted on 21 July 2010 by Anonymous
A big list of links for e-Waste is provided by the National Solid Waste Association of India. Links are covering most of the aspects regarding e-Waste such as legislation, treatment options, environmental impacts etc.

e-Waste Environmental Impacts

posted on 21 July 2010 by Anonymous
  The World Resources Institute has published a review on e-Waste under the title: ''TOXIC TRADE: The Real Cost Of Electronic Waste Exports from the United States.''

e-Waste Materials' Environmental Impacts

posted on 21 July 2010 by Anonymous
  Recycling for Charities has published a list with the majority of environmental impacts caused by the individual types of materials, that are included in the electronic devices that end up as waste.