Waste management may serve as a catalyst for development goals

Source: Living Earth Foundation

London — There is increasing evidence that intervention on solid waste issues can make a valuable contribution to achieving development goals, improving people’s well-being and encouraging economic growth, says a new briefing paper entitled “Waste to Wealth” published by the Living Earth Foundation. The paper showcases how improving solid waste management can act as a catalyst for achieving development goals.

According to the paper, there are signs that solid waste generation rates in high income countries may peak soon, global ‘peak waste’ is not expected before 2100, with sub-Saharan Africa expected to experience the most dramatic increases in quantities of waste over the next century. But many communities in the world do not have access to solid waste management collection services.

Significant progress has been made in extending and improving solid waste collection services in many parts of the world. However waste collection rates in many of the world’s poorest communities remain low. A recent World Bank study indicates that as much as 50 percent of the world’s population may lack access to waste collection services.

So the paper defines four recommendations:

  • 1. The significance of solid waste management as a distinct development challenge needs to to be recognised within the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • 2. A much greater level of investment and support on solid waste management issues is needed in emerging economies.
  • 3. Better communication is needed around the successes, and failures, of interventions on solid waste management so that we can target and evaluate intervention efforts properly.
  • 4. The private sector has a key role to play in improving solid waste management in emerging economies.

The full study “Waste to Wealth” can be downloaded from livingearth.org.uk.

Source: Living Earth Foundation