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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 13:21

2014 Waste Atlas Report is coming!!!

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It was last September when the 2013 Waste Atlas report was published and revealed that huge amounts of waste generated globally and especially in the developing world are led for disposal to uncontrolled dumpsites. Apart from being an environmental threat, since not even elementary environmental criteria are met, these disposal areas pose a significant threat for humans as well since most of them are located close or even within city boundaries whereas in many cases people live and work in them.

Taking these elements into consideration, Waste Atlas Steering Committee decided this year’s report to focus on mapping the world’s 50 biggest dumpsites. The report will be published at the forthcoming ISWA’s World Congress conference at São Paulo, Brazil, in September 2014 and aims at clearly demonstrating for the first time the magnitude of unsound disposal around the world, at creating awareness about the cessation of uncontrolled disposal and to highlight the need to rehabilitate dumpsites.

Use of the network of partners, of crowd-sourcing and of research have led to the identification of 63 big dumpsites in 37 different countries and more specifically 23 in Africa, 15 in Latin and Central America, 21 in Asia and 4 in Europe.

The report will provide information regarding the actual location of the dumpsite, its size, an estimate about the current amounts of waste in place and its type, the number of informal waste pickers on site, the population living in a radius of 10 km around the site, its distance from nearest settlements as well as information about the nearest natural resources at risk. Furthermore, a brief description for each of the dumpsites will be provided. A template of the “profile” to be provided for each of the dumpsites is presented in the figure below.

Further contribution about location of big dumpsites, health and environmental impacts they might have caused, or any other related information is still more than welcomed.



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