Executive Director and CEO David Biderman mentioned in his recent video that the cost of inaction on human health and the environment is simply not worth considering. The status quo is not acceptable. Closing dumpsites can reduce CO2 emissions by 20 million tons. Not only this, closing open dumpsites can improve the livelihood and environment of the millions of humans who live in, or around them.
On October 23, 2018, at a special session organized by ISWA’s Working Group on Landfill, James Law and the rest of ISWA’s Task Force on Closing Dumpsites presented their findings. It is abundantly clear from the case studies of Brasilia, Brazil; Vienna, Austria; Belgrade, Serbia; and others that closing dumpsites contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emission. That is why the dumpsites will be a top-priority of ISWA over the coming years.
ISWA’s vision is a cleaner, healthier planet where all waste is managed sustainably. All people on earth should have the right to enjoy an environment with clean air, water, and soils. This is why ISWA is taking action to close the world’s waste dumpsites. Unregulated waste dumpsites still receive 40 percent of the world’s waste and represent one of the planets most substantial environmental challenges. ISWA will utilize its large pool of experts, and cooperate with partners such as SWANA, CCAC, UNEP and others, in order to support cities to design tailor-made waste management solutions.
SWANA would like to encourage all members to support the work of ISWA’s Task Force by sharing their work, donating to the cause, or simply keeping informed. You can do all of this at closingdumpsites.iswa.org.