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PODCAST: What are the primary challenges of solid waste management?

Solid waste management is a global major challenge, aggravated by the fact that half of the world's population lives in cities and that developing countries have limited capacity to tackle this issue effectively.

Monday 12 December 2016, Mansoor Ali, Sajid Chowdhury, Veronica Di Bella

One of the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in September 2015 by the United Nations, aims to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

By 2030, we should reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management.

In this episode of the IMC International Development podcast, we talk with IMC Worldwide environmental management specialist Veronica Di Bella and International Medical Corps Senior WASH Advisor Mansoor Ali about solid waste management. Veronica and Mansoor try to pin down the major hindrances to tackling this challenge effectively in a rapidly urbanising world, together with promising initiatives launched across the globe, from Bangladesh to Brazil.

Recently, Veronica and Mansoor co-authored a topic guide on solid waste management for the Department of International Development (DFID), as part of the Evidence on Demand programme, which is implemented by IMC Worldwide. The guide aims to raise DFID and the general public’s awareness of the solid waste management issue and what we can do about it.

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Photo: Solid waste in Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar. Credit: Veronica Di Bella.

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