Waste is a global matter. The consequences of waste mismanagement regarding health issues, environment, poverty and social problems are rather an international than a pure local challenge.
For this reason, the Waste Atlas, a crowdsourcing free access map that visualizes municipal solid waste management data across the world for comparison and benchmarking purposes was established by GIZ/SWEEP-Net, D-Waste, ISWA, University of Leeds, WtERT and SWAPI. GIZ/SWEEP-Net is represented in the WASTE ATLAS board. The Waste Atlas is made with the contribution of scientists from different countries and the utilization of published data.
It can be easily accessed l, if you click here.
1st Waste Atlas Report
In 2013, D-Waste published the 1st Waste Atlas Report. Through this report the concept of the Waste Atlas and its main features were presented to the public.More precisely, the functionality provided by the Atlas and the benefits from it for the users are illustrated as well as a brief analysis of the uploaded data is given.
The first Report estimates that almost half of the world´s population lacks access to the most elementary waste collection and sound disposal services. Besides, around 40% of the globally generated waste is unsoundly disposed of at open dumpsites which are mainly located near urban areas constituting tremendous threats to human health and environment.
2nd Waste Atlas Report
The 2nd annual Waste Atlas Report was presented the first time during the ISWA 2014 World Congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
To focus on the 50 biggest active dumpsites worldwide in the latest report was decided by the partners due to the necessity to prioritize interventions based on risk-based approaches and to identify the world´s most risky dumpsites. It is the first international coordinated effort to list these dumpsites in order to mobilize international aid for their upgrade, closure and/or rehabilitation.
The enlisted dumpsites are visualized to give a contextual snapshot of both the technical environmental and social aspects of each dumpsite. They are presented thought the following key features: waste in place, type of waste, size, number of the informal sector on the site, number of the population living in a 10km radius from the site, and location of nearby natural resources.
Download the annual Waste Atlas Reports here in the section “Reports & Presentations”.
Waste Atlas for the SWEEP-Net region
In the 3rd Regional Forum of SWEEP-Net in Cairo on May 14-16, 2013, the Waste Atlas was presented to the SWEEP-Net countries. It was highlighted that the value of Waste Atlas as a crowdsourcing internet tool for the MENA region is dependent on the inputs delivered by the MENA region. Therefore all SWEEP-Net partners are invited to contribute to this tool by adding and verifying information and, hence, contribute to the presentation of their countries.
The presentation can be accessed here in the section “Report & Presentations”.