Waste Management Databases

This is a list of online portals that provide a wide range of information on waste management in different areas. A basic description of each portal is provided (supporting organization, purpose, field and type of information provided, language) as well as a link to the portal itself. It is fully searchable by keywords.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is not responsible for the content of web sites and information resources which may be reached through UNEP. The access provided to these sites does not constitute an endorsement by UNEP of the sponsors of the sites or the information contained herein. Use of the information contained in or referenced by UNEP is at the users’ sole risk. The designations employed and the presentation of material do not imply any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNEP or the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

 

 

Australian Waste Database (AWD)

Organization
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Australia (CSIRO)

Description
The Australian Waste Database (AWD) was developed by the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Waste Management & Pollution Control Ltd for the Department of the Environment in response to the need to provide a monitoring mechanism for Commonwealth and State waste minimization policies. AWD provides an overview of the waste management scenario in various regions of Australia. It provides a national solid waste and hazardous waste classification system, a guidance manual for solid waste composition studies and data on waste generation and disposal in Australia for both urban solid waste and manifested hazardous waste.

Language
English

Documents provided
Factsheets, manuals and guidelines

 

Basel Convention: Reporting Database

Organization
Secretariat of the Basel Convention

Description
The Basel Convention is a international treaty designed to reduce the movement of hazardous waste between countries. The objective of the Basel Convention is to protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects of hazardous wastes. Its database provides statistics and information on hazardous wastes.

Language
English

Documents provided
Factsheets, guidelines and statistics

 

Biennial Reporting System (BRS) Hazardous Waste Database

Organization
The Right-To-Know Network

Description
The Biennial Reporting System (BRS) database contains data on the generation, shipment, and receipt of hazardous waste in the United States. BRS contains information from the Hazardous Waste Reports that must be filed every two years under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), regulating the generation, treatment, storage, disposal, or recycling of solid and hazardous waste.

Language
English

Documents provided
Reports and statistics

 

CalRecycle: Directories and Databases

Organization
California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Description
CalRecycle is California's leading authority on recycling, waste reduction, and product reuse. It provides descriptions and links for users to access data maintained by CalRecycle on solid and eletronics waste mangement and other related topics.The State of California also maintains a site that links to databases and directories from other State agencies.

Language
English

Documents provided
Factsheets, data, links

 

Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP): Databases

Organization
Regional Seas Programme

Description
The Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) is one of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) administered Regional Seas Programmes. It manages a number of databases providing information on topics such as marine protected areas, species, and marine litter in the wider Caribbean area.

Language
English

Documents provided
Reports and statistics

 

Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM): Knowledge and Information

Organization
Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)

Description
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), is the professional body which represents waste professionals working in the sustainable waste and resource management sectors worldwide. The objectives of CIWM are: promoting reserch, training, education and advancing the scientific and technical aspects of wastes and resource management for the safeguarding of the environment. The CIWN database includes articles, papers and news stories.

Language
English

Documents provided
Educational materials, news and reports

 

Construction Waste Management Database

Organization
United States National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)

Description
The Construction Waste Management Database contains information on companies that haul, collect and process recyclable debris from construction projects. Created in 2002 by GSA's Environmental Strategies and Safety Division to promote responsible waste disposal, the Database is a free online service for those seeking companies that recycle construction debris in their area.

Language
English

Documents provided
Professional services directory

 

Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Convention): Data

Organization
Regional Seas Programme

Description
The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Convention), under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Seas Programme, is the current legal instrument guiding international cooperation on the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic. It has produced a number of publications and data sets regarding the regional marine environment, including the area of marine litter.

Language
English

Documents provided
Reports and statistics

 

Database on Transboundary Movement of Wastes Destined for Recovery Operations

Organization
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Description
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development is an international economic organization founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress. The interactive database aims at facilitating the paperwork of all parties involved in transboundary movements of wastes by providing the necessary information to complete the forms. The database includes practical information and specific requirements or provisions for each country.

Language
English

Documents provided
Information on legislation

 

ECOLEX Environmental Law

Organization
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Description
ECOLEX is a database providing the most comprehensive, global source of information on environmental law. It is operated jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Language
English, French, Spanish

Documents provided
Information on legislation

 

Economic Instruments Database

Organization
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Description
This database contains information on environmentally related taxes, fees and charges, tradable permit systems, deposit refund systems, environmentally motivated subsidies and voluntary approaches used in environmental policy (including waste management) in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries, OECD accession countries, European Environment Agency (EEA) member countries and countries otherwise co-operating with EEA, not being members of OECD.

Language
English

Documents provided
Information on legislation and policies

 

Electronics Recycling Directory: Listings ON HOLD

Organization
Electronics Recycling Directory

Description
Electronics Recycling Directory leads you to anyone and everyone connected to the electronics recycling industry. With over 5000 listings, the Directory helps you find new customers, suppliers and service providers.

Language
English

Documents provided
Professional services directory

 

Environment Agency: Waste

Organization
Environment Agency (United Kingdom)

Description
The Environment Agency is an Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and a Welsh Government Sponsored Body responsible to the Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, serving England and Wales. The waste database introduces how waste is managed and the processes that support the organization's work.

Language
English

Documents provided
Factsheets and information on legislation

 

European Commission Directorate General Environment: Studies on waste

Organization
European Commission DG Environment

Description
Comprehensive and updated list of studies conducted by the European Commission in the field of waste management.

Language
English

Documents provided
Reports, Studies, Press releases

 

European Environment Agency (EEA): Data Services Overview

Organization
European Environment Agency (EEA) of the European Union

Description
The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union providing sound, independent information on the environment. Its data services provides and overview of different datasets, maps, interactive maps, indicators and graphs on waste and material resources.

Language
English

Documents provided
Maps, graphs and factsheets

 

European Environment Report: State and Outlook 2010

Organization
European Environment Agency (EEA) of the European Union

Description
SOER 2010 provides a set of assessments of the current state of Europe's environment, its likely future state, what is being done and what could be done to improve it, how global megatrends might affect future trends… and more. Country Assessments: SOER 2010 includes a set of assessments of the environment in 38 individual European countries, searchable by country and including country profiles, assessments of common environmental themes (among which waste), etc.

Language
English; the report is available in 25 European languages

Documents provided
Full and Synthesis Report; Statistics; Thematic assessments; Country assessments;

 

European Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)

Organization
European Environment Information and Observation Network

Description
The European Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) is a consortium of eight specialist partner organisations from environmental authorities and research communities in Europe, providing reliable and comparable data and information on SCP, resource and waste management in Europe to decision-makers and the public. The given link is a database of fact and figures both national and national on the above topics.

Language
English

Documents provided
Factsheets and statistics

 

Eurostat - Environmental Data Centre on Waste

Organization
European Commission

Description
The Environmental Data Centre on Waste is part of EUROSTAT, the European Commission's statistics database. It produces statistics on the generation, recovery and disposal of waste in the EU.

Language
English

Documents provided
Statistics and reports

 

E-wasteguide.info

Organization
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)

Description
E-wasteguide.info is a knowledge base for the sustainable recycling of e-waste. It is developed as part of the "Global Knowledge Partnerships in e-Waste Recycling" programme, initiated by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and implemented by the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa). Empa has been working on e-waste projects in Africa, Asia and Latin and South America. E-wasteguide.info provides information about case studies, news, events, a bibliography, and searchable e-waste facts and figures (e.g. quantities, composition and recycling technologies).

Language
English

Documents provided
Case studies, news, events, bibliography, searchable e-waste facts and figures

 

Global Development Research Center (GDRC): Documents and Info Sheets

Organization
The Global Development Research Center (GDRC)

Description
The Global Development Research Center is an independent nonprofit think tank that carries out initiatives in education and research in the spheres of environment, urban, community and information. It provides documents, info sheets, books and reports, case studies, etc. on urban waste management.

Language
English

Documents provided
Case studies, e-books, factsheets and reports

 

Global Waste Database

Organization
Community-based Research Laboratory (CBRL)

Description
The Community-based Research Laboratory (CBRL) hosts a group of researchers that is committed to participatory research in Canada and abroad. CBRL is developing a Global Waste Database that will contain quantitative and qualitative variables for municipal and household solid waste in major cities across the world, with a comprehensive source of information on the consequences of material consumption, waste management practices, policies, technologies and innovative solutions, as well as related socioeconomic and environmental issues.

Language
English

Documents provided
Guidelines and reports

 

Healthcare Environmental Resource Center (HERC)

Organization
Healthcare Environmental Resource Center

Description
Healthcare Environmental Resource Center provides pollution prevention and compliance assistance information for the healthcare sector. It is intended to be a comprehensive resource, covering all the varieties of hospital wastes, and all the rules that apply to them.

Language
English

Documents provided
Educational materials, factsheets, information on legislation

 

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES): Database and Resources

Organization
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Description
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), established under an initiative of the Japanese government in 1998, is an international research institute for realising sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The database and resources page provide links to thorough resources that allow understanding of environmental knowledge.

Language
English, Japanese

Documents provided
Case studies, reports and statistics

 

International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Knowledge Base

Organization
International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)

Description
ISWA – the International Solid Waste Association – is a global, independent and non-profit making association, working in the public interest to promote and develop sustainable and professional waste management worldwide. The ISWA Knowledge Base aims to provide up to date information on all aspects of waste management. It is a searchable database listing reports, training materials, weblinks, papers, books, conferences and workshops.

Language
English

Documents provided
Reports, training materials, weblinks, papers, books, conferences and workshops

 

IPLA Portal

Organization
International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities

Description
IPLA Portal provides a platform for “dynamic interaction” and a knowledge networking tool for IPLA members and partners. The Portal aims to help connect Local Authorities (LAs) in particular and all other stakeholders, including the private sector, to foster partnerships in expanding waste management services globally.

Language
English

Documents provided
events/meetings, data and resources, surveys, discussions, expression of interest. The Portal will be further developed and include best practices, case studies, policy instruments, technologies, etc

 

Latin American Network on Cleaner Production (CP-LatinNet)

Organization
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Description
The Latin American Network on Cleaner Production aims to foster cooperation between the national cleaner production centres and programmes in the region by improving the dissemination and exchange of information and best practices. CP-LatinNet provides access to documents on cleaner production organized in thematic folders. It also lists experts and consultants.

Language
Spanish, Portuguese

Documents provided
Documents on cleaner production organized in thematic folders; lists of experts and consultants.

 

Latin American Network on Prevention and Management of Polluted Sites (RELASC)

Organization
Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales de México (SEMARNAT)

Description
RELASC (Red Latinoamericana de Prevencion y Gestion de Sitios Contaminados) is an initiative that brings together stakeholders interested in the issue of prevention and management of polluted sites in Latin America. The aim of the network is to improve exchange and dissemination of knowledge and information. RELASC is managed by the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales de México (SEMARNAT).

Language
Spanish, Portuguese

Documents provided
Scientific publications, manuals, legislative documents, presentations, events, and links

 

National Chemicals Management Profiles

Organization
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Description
Through its National Profile Support Programme, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) provides guidance, training, and technical support to assist countries in assessing their relevant legal, institutional, administrative, and technical infrastructure.

Language
English, French, Spanish

Documents provided
Factsheets

 

National Solid Waste Management Association (NSWMA): Solid Waste Industry Information, Publications and Resources

Organization
National Solid Waste Management Association (NSWMA)

Description
NSWMA is a trade association representing for-profit companies in North America that provide solid, hazardous and medical waste collection, recycling and disposal services, and companies that provide professional and consulting services to the waste services industry. NSWMA promotes the management of waste in a manner that is environmentally responsible, efficient, profitable and ethical, while benefiting the public and protecting employees. NSWMA accomplishes this mission by providing members with educational and training opportunities, research, and federal and state advocacy capability. Some information sources are publicly accessible.

Language
English

Documents provided
Educational materials, factsheets, professional services directory

 

Net-Enabled Radioactive Waste Management Database (NEWMDB)

Organization
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Description
The International Atomic Energy is an international organization created in 1957. It seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The NEWMDB contains information on national radioactive waste management programmes, radioactive waste inventories, radioactive waste disposal, relevant laws and regulations, waste management policies, and plans and activities.

Language
English

Documents provided
Factsheets, information on legislation

 

Pacific Environment Information Network (PEIN)

Organization
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

Description
The Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is an intergovernmental organisation that promotes cooperation, supports protection and improvement of the Pacific islands environment and its sustainable development. The virtual library collection includes materials from the actual library itself and from a network of environment libraries throughout the Pacific. Many documents available in full text.

Language
English

Documents provided
E-books and reports

 

Regional Database on Marine Litter

Organization
Regional Seas Programme

Description
The North West Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP) has initiated a project called Marine Litter Activity (MALITA), establishing a database for marine litter-related data and information available in the region.

Language
English

Documents provided
Statistics

 

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Online Database

Organization
Environmental Protection Agency (United States)

Description
The RCRA Online database is designed to enable users to locate documents, including publications and other outreach materials, that cover a wide range of RCRA issues and topics.

Language
English

Documents provided
Data, legislation and reports

 

Routledge Environment and Sustainability

Organization
Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group

Description
Routledge is a global publisher of academic books, journals and online resources in the humanities and social sciences. In the Environment & Sustainability section, a variety of textbooks, professional-oriented books and more are introduced along with updated news on the most recent events taking worldwide.

Language
English

Documents provided
Bibliographies

 

Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)

Organization
Solid Waste Association of North America

Description
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is a professional association in the solid waste management field. Its mission is to advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste in North America. SWANA's website contains education resources for industry professionals, a directory of solid waste industry service providers, access to the work of SWANA's research foundation, as well as career and networking information for individuals in the industry.

Language
English

Documents provided
Educational materials, professional services directory

 

Sustainable Consumption and Production Clearinghouse

Organization
SCP Clearinghouse

Description
The Global SCP Clearinghouse is a unique one-stop hub dedicated to advancing Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) worldwide. It offers the opportunity to share and find information on SCP around the world (initiatives, news, events, publications, etc.), build networks, identify partners, and strengthen capacities. It also serves as the information platform of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP).

Language
English

Documents provided
 

 

SWEEP-Net

Organization
Regional Solid Waste Exchange of Information and Expertise Network (SWEEP-Net)

Description
The Regional Solid Waste Exchange of Information and Expertise Network (SWEEP-Net) is a regional network which works on institutionally anchoring the principles of a sustainable and integrated solid waste management in Mashreq and Maghreb countries. Its objective is to set up a common regional platform for technical assistance, capacity building and exchange of best practices, expertise and experiences in the field of Solid Waste Management. In early 2010, the SWEEP-Net secretariat undertook a regional assessment and gathered information on solid waste management in the MENA region. Country reports and profiles as well as a regional assessment can be found on the website. The SWEEP-Net secretariat is currently developing an online database to identify experts, projects, potential partners and to access studies, manuals, directives, legislative documents, etc, in different sub-sectors of waste management.

Language
English, Arabic

Documents provided
Factsheets

 

The Environment Directory: Recycling

Organization
The Environment Directory

Description
The Environment Directory, an online environment information resource, provides an extensive, organized collection of links related to recycling.

Language
English

Documents provided
Links, professional services directory

 

Tools for Environmental Analysis and Management (TEAM) Information Exchange

Organization
Ecobilan

Description
Ecobilan has developed a special focus on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of waste management. It has addressed waste management issues in such different industry sectors as automotive, electronics and consumer products. It has also carried out numerous studies for governmental and private bodies on the viability of different waste management strategies. TEAM is Ecobilan's Life Cycle Assessment software, allowing the user to build and use a large database and to model any system representing the operations associated with products, processes and activities.

Language
English, French

Documents provided
Statistics

 

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Data Centre

Organization
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

Description
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region, established in 1947 to promote economic cooperation. The online database includes country-level data related to demography, migration, education, health, poverty, gender, employment, economy, government finance, employment, transport, and environment.

Language
English

Documents provided
Data and statistics

 

Virtual Library on Sustainable Development and Environmental Health (BVSDE)

Organization
Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO)

Description
The Virtual Library on Sustainable Development and Environmental Health by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) is a virtual database that comprises information about sustainable development and environmental health, in particular to meet the needs of Latin American and Caribbean countries. It contains information about legislation, bibliographical references, complete texts, courses and events, institutions, statistics, news, glossaries, educational material, academic programmes, discussion for a, etc.

Language
English, Spanish, Portuguese

Documents provided
Information on legislation, bibliographical references, complete texts, courses and events, institutions, statistics, news, glossaries, educational material, academic programmes, discussion forums

 

Waste Portal

Organization
Waste with support form UNDP-PPSD and Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Description
This is a website in which organisations and consultants active in waste management jointly work together to collect information on urban waste management with an emphasis on Low and Middle Income Countries. The goal of this portal is to improve waste management practices globally to ensure a cleaner environment, healthier and fairer jobs in waste management, higher recycling rates, and improved waste system performance.

Language
English, French, Spanish

Documents provided
Links to relevant sites, tools, events, related news and organisations.

 

WasteInfo

Organization
ProQuest

Description
WasteInfo is a comprehensive collection of references to international literature on non-nuclear waste management and associated issues. It covers the technical, policy, and economic aspects of waste management, as well as all aspects of the waste management hierarchy: minimization, recovery, recycling, treatment and disposal.

Language
English

Documents provided
Information on literature

 

Web-Resol

Organization
Web-Resol

Description
Web-Resol is a non profit NGO, dedicated to the dissemination of information related to the environment, sanitation and, more specifically, solid waste management. It provides free access and research within a wide range of information about solid wastes and wastes management.

Language
English

Documents provided
Information on events, legislation, guidelines, reports and professional services directory

 

World Health Organization (WHO) HealthCare Waste Management Database

Organization
World Health Organization (WHO)

Description
WHO healthcare waste mangement has five databases that provide relevant documents, links, technologies, country information and case studies on health care waste management

Language
English

Documents provided
Case studies, factsheets, guidelines and reports