In our rapidly urbanizing global society, solid waste management will be a key challenge facing all the world's cities. Solid Waste Management in the World's Cities provides a fresh perspective and new data on one of the biggest issues in urban development. Using the framework of Integrated Sustainable Waste Management (ISWM), the report brings together unprecedented research from 22 cities across six continents. It uncovers the rich diversity of waste management systems that are in place throughout the world, and draws out the practical lessons for policymakers. The volume will be essential reading for all professionals and policymakers in the field, as well as a valuable resource for researchers and students in all aspects of urban development. Winner of the International Solid Waste Association Publication Award 2010 Published with UN-Habitat.
'Managing solid waste is one of the biggest challenges of urban areas … [This publication] seeks to showcase the good work that is being done on solid waste by cities around the world.' Anna Tibaijuka, Under Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-Habitat
1. Executive Summary 2. Introduction and Key Concepts - Introducing this book - The scale of the solid waste problem - Learning from history - Moving towards sustainable solutions 3. Profiling the Reference Cities - Selecting the reference cities - Understanding the reference cities - Methodology - Information quality - City indicators 4. The Three Key Integrated Sustainable Waste Management System Elements in the Reference Cities - Waste collection: Protecting public health - Waste treatment and disposal: Front lines of environmental protection - Resource management: Valorizing recyclables and organic materials and conserving resources 5. Integrated Sustainable Waste Management Governance Features in the Reference Cities - Inclusivity - Financial sustainability - Sound institutions, proactive policies 6. Reflections and Recommendations - Reflecting back on the key messages of the book - Lessons from the cities - Putting integrated sustainable waste management into practice - Moving towards financial sustainability and the role of donors - Closing words: What makes an ISWM system sustainable?