Best Practices to Improve International Solid Waste Management
- Solid waste management is a local issue with global implications.
- Abt developed a toolkit containing best practices for managing solid waste.
- Developing countries can use the toolkit to reduce plastic pollution and address climate change
Many medium and large cities in developing countries lack the capacity to adequately manage solid waste. Limited awareness of best practices for waste management and lack of access to key technical resources are key barriers to improvement. Inadequate solid waste management results in a range of environmental, health, and economic impacts.
On behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Abt developed the Solid Waste Management Toolkit (the Toolkit) inclusive of resources to help decisionmakers in developing countries bolster their solid waste management. We drew upon our knowledge of best practices—acquired over more than 10 years of experience supporting EPA’s efforts to help countries build their capacity to manage solid waste — and disseminated those practices in a curated, interactive, easy-to-navigate Toolkit.