As a waste management consultant, rarely do I come across another consultant’s report that not only delights and excites, but compels me to promote, disseminate, and speak-out about its findings. Such was the case several months ago when Dr. Jeffery Morris of Sound Resource Management, based in the State of Washington, responded to my request for information on quantifying the benefits of using finished compost.
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Jahan-e-Kabari is a platform for sharing ideas and news about the informal recycling sector, on issues that impact informal waste recyclers- wastepickers, pheriwallas, thia walas, kabaris. This newsletter will knit ideas together to share with both the sector and the larger world of practitioners and interested persons and organizations. This issue focuses on waste-to-energy and waste pickers.
Report from First International and Third Latin American Conference of Waste-Pickers. The First World Conference of Waste Pickers was held in Bogota, Colombia, from March 1st to 4th, 2008. Thirty-four countries were represented at the event, which brought together participants from Latin America, Asia, Europe, North America and Africa. Participants were waste-pickers of solid waste, as well as representatives of development agencies, NGOs, private enterprise and government.
While major waste companies promote landfill gas to energy (LFGTE) projects that purport to capture methane released from landfills and convert it to electricity, a better solution lies in organics recycling.
Statement of evidence which illustrates the relationship between particulates / ultrafine particles and human health. The importance of the precautionary principle is also raised.
Currently, much of our biodegradable waste such as food, garden waste, card and paper is sent to landfill, where it breaks down to release methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a treatment that composts this waste in the absence of oxygen, producing a biogas that can be used to generate electricity and heat.
Belo Horizonte has a strong and extensive tradition in municipal planning. Waste management has been a municipal priority and concern since 1900. In the last few decades the City has been at the centre of solid waste management development in Brazil particularly regarding its approach to integration of the informal recycling sector. The Superintendência de Limpeza Urbana (SLU) was created in 1993.
Large studies have shown higher rates of adult and childhood cancer and also birth defects around municipal waste incinerators. Incinerator emissions are a major source of fine particulates, of toxic metals and of more than 200 organic chemicals, including known carcinogens, mutagens, and hormone disrupters.
The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is supposed to catalyze climate-friendly projects in low-income countries by allowing developers to generate revenue by selling “carbon credits” or “offsets.” The offset buyers — industrialized country companies and governments — use the credits to show compliance with Kyoto Protocol-mandated emissions reductions.
This paper unpacks the interaction between the informal sector and the private waste contractors and the impact of privatization on the informal sector in Delhi. It uses the unfolding of privatization in Delhi and global experiences to understand the issue and to suggest how waste can be handled in an equitable manner.