Solid Wastes Management

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Communities can help environmentally sound waste management to go beyond the mere safe disposal or recovery of wastes that are generated and seek to address the root cause of the problem by attempting to change what many consider unsustainable patterns of production and consumption. This implies the application of the integrated life cycle management concept, which presents a unique opportunity to reconcile development with environmental protection at the local level.


  • Minimizing wastes
  • Waste management recycle and reuse strategies
  • Demonstrating environmentally sound waste disposal and treatment
  • Extending waste service coverage

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A preventive waste management approach focusing on changes in lifestyles and in production and consumption patterns offers the best chance for reversing current trends.

 Ideas for those interested in implementation

  • Help your community achieve sustainable waste management by facilitating greater exchange of information, know-how and experience by identifying, developing and harmonizing methodologies for waste monitoring, transferring and sharing methodologies across locations
  • Help your community by participating in activities  based on existing information networks on clean technologies and waste minimization
  • Help your community by gathering and supporting individual and local goals and monitoring the progress in your community


As the economics of waste disposal services change, waste recycling and resource recovery are becoming increasingly cost-effective. Future waste management programs can take maximum advantage of resource-efficient approaches to the control of wastes at a local level. These activities can be carried out by community members and informed citizens in conjunction with public education programs. It is helpful that markets for products from reclaimed materials be identified  in the development of reuse and recycling programs.

Ideas for those interested in implementation

  • Help your community by testing various options for reuse and recycling, including the use of small-scale, cottage-based recycling industries; compost production; treated waste-water irrigation; and energy recovery from wastes
  • Help your community by identifying, creating and contributing to potential markets for recycled products
  • Help your community by participating in the separate collection of recyclable parts of household wastes
  • Help your community by participating in and developing markets for recycled goods in alignment with local  waste management programs


People’s Organizing Bodies and other relevant organizations can support waste treatment and disposal quality criteria, objectives and standards based on the nature and capacity of their  receiving environment by making a decision to dispose of all sewage, waste waters and solid wastes in conformity with individual and local environmental quality guidelines.

Ideas for those interested in implementation

  • Help support individual and local capacity to treat and safely dispose of wastes by reforming individual and local waste management infrastructures to gain control over waste-related pollution
  • Help your community to seek waste disposal solutions within their sovereign territory and as close as possible to the sources of origin that are compatible with environmentally sound and efficient management
  • Help your community by supporting an information clearing-house with extensive networks at the regional, individual and local levels to collect and disseminate information on all aspects of waste management, including safe disposal


People’s Organizing Bodies and other relevant organizations, as appropriate, can help extend and improving waste collection and safe disposal services that are crucial to gaining control over this form of pollution.

Ideas for those interested in implementation

  • Help your community by supporting the activities of existing information networks in order to disseminate focused information on the application of innovative and low-cost alternatives for waste disposal to targeted audiences
  • Help your community launch a settlement infrastructure and environmental program that includes a clearing-house for information dissemination on all waste management issues

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