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Toward Sustainable Municipal Organic Waste Management in South Asia

Publication | September 2011
Toward Sustainable Municipal Organic Waste Management in South Asia

This report aims to align South Asian cities with ADB‘s Strategy 2020 for environmentally sustainable growth and livable cities.

"This report provides a clear and up-to-date guide for harnessing the huge resource recovery potential of organic waste in the region, and is a practical reference for any policy maker or practitioner working to improve the livability of cities."

- Dr. Masaru Tanaka, President, Society of Solid Waste Management Experts in Asia and Pacific Islands

The massive scale of urbanization in South Asia is expected to create a surge in demand for solid waste services. An enormous opportunity exists to improve upon the "business-as-usual" approach of uncollected waste and open dumping witnessed throughout the region and to convert this waste into value-added resources, such as alternative fuels and agricultural fertilizers. As approximately 70% of the region's municipal waste stream is currently organic (biodegradable) waste, methods such as composting, anaerobic digestion, and conversion to refuse-derived fuels offer a more sustainable course of action. This report aims to align South Asian cities with ADB's Strategy 2020 for environmentally sustainable growth and livable cities. It provides a useful management resource, identifying key issues and pointing policy makers, city managers, and practitioners to improved waste treatment technologies.

Contents 

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Executive Summary
  • Sector Overview: Municipal Organic Waste Management
  • Tool Kit for Municipalities and Operators
  • Enabling Framework for Scaling Up Operations
  • The Way Forward
  • Appendixes