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Asian Guidelines of ISWM Assessment Methods


This guide makes clear how solid waste management (SWM) in Asian developing countries is influenced by the prevailing social, economic, institutional, legal, technical and environmental conditions, and points out the negative impacts of deficient SWM on environment, public health and economic development. It describes existing methods which allow structured learning by assessing impacts of solid waste project activities, be it a specific technology used to process waste or a set of technologies operated by a defined set of stakeholders which together constitute a full solid waste management system.

Based on the ISSOWAMA (Integrated Sustainable Solid Waste Management in Asia) project and expert dialogues, this guide furthermore provides an innovative assessment tool which, with simple and straightforward but structured questions, assists the user to learn from case studies. The questions cover specific issues from the different enabling domains which were derived from literature and case study evaluations. Using the concept of Integrated Sustainable Waste Management (ISWM) the assessment tool includes qualitative and quantitative inquiry methods.

Case studies analysed:

  • Healthcare Waste Management at On-Nuch Incineration Plant, Bangkok
  • Waste Recycling Facility in Phitsanulok Province, Thailand
  • Gianyar Waste Recovery Project, Bali Province, Indonesia
  • Industrial Waste Management in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam