Nodepage

Waste Management

As towns and cities around the world expand and populations grow, volumes of waste produced increase and the challenges of solid waste management change along with the potential to recycle materials. This section looks at some of the approaches that can be taken in this area to reduce waste and to generate income from waste.

Topics

Low-Cost Incinerator for Urban Waste

Open dumping and burning of domestic waste is a common phenomenon in many middle and low-income countries...

Recycling

Recycling turns waste materials into a valuable resource and provides an income for many people through...

General Resources

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Best Practice in Solid Waste Management

  • guides and manuals
  • English

This manual demonstrates successful waste management in Nepal. Practical Action Nepal

Published by Practical Action Nepal on 01/01/10

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Health-Care Waste Management in Developing Countries

  • fact sheet
  • English

This brief gives an overview on healthcare waste treatment options focussing on incineration.

Veronica Di Bella, Published by Practical Action on 02/02/11

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Managing Organic Municipal Waste

  • fact sheet
  • English

This technical brief outlines the main methods of putting organic waste to good use.

Jonathan Rouse, Published by Practical Action on 04/02/08

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Planning for Sustainable Solid Waste Management

  • fact sheet
  • English

This technical brief presents some important considerations for planning solid waste systems.

Jonathan Rouse, Published by Practical Action on 04/02/08

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Further Information Resources

Resources from WEDC  http://wedc.lboro.ac.uk/

Decentralised composting in India – lessons learned WEDC
http://wedc.lboro.ac.uk/resources/conference/28/Zurbrugg.pdf

Resources from GATE International http://www.gate-international.org/

Anaerobic Methods of Municipal Wastewater Treatment
by Naturgerechte Technologien, Bau- und Wirtschaftsberatung (TBW) GmbH, Frankfurt, GTZ-GATE,2001

Anaerobic Treatment of Municipal Wastewater in UASB-Reactors
by Naturgerechte Technologien, Bau- und Wirtschaftsberatung (TBW) GmbH, Frankfurt, GTZ-GATE, 2001

Production and Recycling of PET-Bottles
by Dr.-Ing. Heino Vest, GTZ-GATE, 2003

Recycling of Used Car Tyres
by Dr.-Ing. Heino Vest, GTZ-GATE, 2000

Reuse and Refining of Waste Engine Oil
by Dr.-Ing. Heino Vest, GTZ-GATE, 2000

Treatment of Tannery Wastewater
by Naturgerechte Technologien, Bau- und Wirtschaftsberatung (TBW) GmbH, Frankfurt, GTZ-GATE, 2002

Anaerobic Methods of Distillery Waste and Wastewater Treatment
Naturgerechte Technologien, Bau- und Wirtschaftsberatung (TBW) GmbH, Frankfurt, GTZ-GATE, 2000

Publications

From Practical Action Publishing

Sustainable Sewerage
This handbook describes how conventional sewerage schemes can be modified to reduce the cost of construction and maintenance and suggests methods of prioritizing sewerage needs.

Storm Drainage
This manual is written to help engineers, aid and agency workers understand drainage problems more clearly in the developing world, so that they can work towards finding practical solutions.

Small-scale Recycling of Plastics
This book looks at how to create employment by recycling plastics. It describes the collection of plastic waste that can be collected and processed for return to the factory and remoulded for a second service life.

Toilets That Make Compost
Toilets That Make Compost provides practical examples of toilets that, in addition to providing a safe sanitation option, also recycle the nutrients in excreta to produce compost.

Development and Management
This collection of papers draws on The Open University's path-breaking work in the field of development management and includes in-depth accounts by academics and development managers.

Work from Waste
This book is divided into two main parts. Part I contains details of the wide range of materials that can be recycled and the processes involved. Part II describes how to set up and run a small business recycling wastes.

Water, Sanitation, Environment and Development
This book deals with a wide range of current development issues relating to subjects including community management, groundwater, health and disease, institutional development, irrigation, sanitation, solid waste management, water quality, water sources, water supply and water treatment.

Affordable Water Supply and Sanitation
This book considers both 'software' aspects - people, communities, health, management and institutions - as well as technological considerations such as waste management.

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