Developing countries are seeing rapid growth in the generation of waste including waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) or electronic waste (E-waste), waste agricultural biomass, and waste plastics. Effective and efficient management of waste including application of 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) is an essential element for promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production.
Integrated solid waste management (ISWM) and recovery of useful materials / energy from waste streams is an effective approach to enhance Resource Efficiency while reducing the adverse environmental impacts caused by waste disposal. The application of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs) is key to successful waste management.
IETC's efforts in the field of waste management are projected towards 4 directions:
Demonstration / Pilot projects
Secretariat of the Global Partnership for Waste Management (GPWM)
Application of ISWM approach has revealed tremendous opportunities for recovery of useful materials and energy, thus significantly reducing the quantity of waste for final treatment and disposal.
The GPWM is an open-ended partnership for international agencies, governments, local/municipal authorities, businesses, academia, and NGOs.
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