With urbanization and rising consumption levels in Pacific developing member countries solid waste is a growing challenge. Adequate solid waste management is critical for preserving the environment and protecting public health.

Well-functioning solid waste management systems to preserve the natural environment are critical in Pacific developing member countries whose economies are heavily dependent on tourism, since visitors are drawn to the pristine natural environment.

This series provides a snapshot of the solid waste management situation in each of ADB’s 14 Pacific developing member countries. It assesses solutions and challenges associated with the management of solid waste in the region, with a focus on financing, institutional arrangements and solid waste management technologies.