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Waste is a general term that can refer to the different materials it is made of or the sources it is produced from. The most common classification is per type of material - plastic, paper, glass, metal, organic etc-  or per type of source - municipal, industrial, hospital, agricultural etc.

The WastePortal offers you the opportunity to find information on waste using any of the two classifications.


Assessment of the Status of Waste Service Delivery and Capacity at the Local Government Level: South Africa

posted on 14 June 2012 by Anonymous
This report presents the findings of an assessment of the municipal solid waste service level in South Africa. Approximately 150 municipalities participated in this analysis. The results have been based on the following sources of information:...

Small-scale Paper Recycling

posted on 29 February 2012 by Anonymous
This photo gallery presents the different ingredients and steps for small-scale paper recycling. The photos are taken in Uganda and are copyrighted with WASTE.
Training materials

Start your Sanitation Business: A Training Guide

posted on 4 November 2013 by Anonymous
The entrepreneurship guide “Start your Sanitation Business” is a training guide for masons, manual and mechanical emptiers of latrines as well as for any person interested in starting a small-scale business in the sanitation field. The...

Solid Waste Management in World's Cities

posted on 5 May 2010 by verele
UN Habitat has recently published a book with the title " Solid Waste Management in the World Cities" (, written in cooperation with WASTE advisers on urban...

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.

Animal Manures

posted on 14 July 2010 by Anonymous
Animal Manures as a Resource: For more information on how animal manures can be transformed to a valuable resource can be found on: Manure and Animal Waste Management: National Center for Manure and Animal Waste...

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.