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The uncontrolled burning of waste takes place worldwide, particularly in LMICs where there are often either limitations in the effectiveness of the existing waste management systems or there are no systems present. The evidence around the prevalence of this issue and its harmful effects are generally poor.
Waste is burnt in residential areas and within industrial or commercial premises due to the lack of availability, the unreliability, or sometimes the complete absence of waste collection and disposal systems. It can lead to a number of public and environmental health concerns. For example, there can often be direct health impacts for those undertaking burning in confined spaces (for example, in factories), and for waste workers who burn electronic waste to extract the metals. In addition, these e-wastes contain hazardous materials such as lead and arsenic. There are also risks posed to the communities where the waste is burnt, especially to the most vulnerable people, such as children, older people, pregnant women, and those with comorbidities. The waste can also directly lead to contamination of the land and water (surface and ground water), leading to more wide-spread risks.
Open burning of waste also produces a wide range of atmospheric pollutants including greenhouse gases, reactive trace gases, toxic compounds, and black carbon (BC). In particular, BC emissions are a major source of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), a leading cause of poor health and premature deaths, and with a climate change impact up to 5,000 times greater than CO2, and of a scale equivalent to 2- 10% of global CO2Eq emissions: potentially double the impact of aviation but attracting a fraction of the finance. However, emissions from open waste burning are challenging to characterize and are therefore commonly excluded from inventories.
Despite being a widespread global practice and with global consequences for the climate and public health, open burning of waste is considered a local issue and receives no global, regional, or international attention. ISWA, Engineering X, CCAC, IGES and WasteAid look to raise awareness of the issue at all levels to bring together a global movement to address this critical issue.
Through this webinar we are hoping to shed light on a widely carried out but hardly talked about activity – the open burning of waste – at the household level as well as at dumpsites. The speakers will address the motivation for open burning of waste, the risks, and unintended consequences as well as potential solutions to address the practice.
The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) is a global, independent, and non-profit making association, working in the public interest to promote and develop sustainable waste management. ISWA’s objective is the worldwide exchange of information and experience on all aspects of waste management.
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition is a voluntary partnership of governments, intergovernmental organizations, businesses, scientific institutions, and civil society organizations committed to protecting the climate and improving air quality through actions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants.
WasteAid is an independent UK charity (non-profit), set up by waste management professionals to share practical and low-cost waste management know-how with communities in low-income countries.
Engineering X is an international collaboration founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Lloyd’s Register Foundation that brings global experts together to engineer change.
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) is a collaborative research and outreach organisation working to accelerate the transition to a sustainable, resilient, shared and inclusive Asia-Pacific region, both across borders and within the world at large.
Hazel leads design and implementation of the global programme that seeks to understand and apply practical interventions to unsafe end of life practices, build communities and partnerships of dealing safely and ethically with billions of tonnes of end-of-life materials, artefacts and structures
Youngest Mayor in the history of The Gambia. In 2018, he was elected at the age of 31 years. The University of Toronto Economics graduate made significant impact in under two years as Mayor, including project, ‘Mbalit’, re-introducing waste collection with a brand-new fleet of 24 garbage trucks
Ms. Mazo-Nix joined Climate and Clean Coalition (CCAC) as the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Initiative coordinator in January 2016. Ms. Mazo-Nix has over 13 years of experience focusing on environmental policy issues, solid waste management, and the mitigation of climate change.
Aditi is the Technical Director at ISWA where she manages international projects and partnerships, provides assistance to ISWA’s Working Groups, and helps develop innovative projects globally to further strengthen cooperation with ISWA’s partners and international organizations.
Johannes Paul currently works at the Department of Climate, Environment, and Infrastructure at GIZ in Germany. He is involved in several advisory, research and development projects that relate to circular economy with focus on waste management, climate mitigation and marine litter, related SDGs a...
Zoë has 20+ years’ experience developing and implementing circular economy initiatives within government, business and non-profit organisations. At WasteAid, Zoë has produced groundbreaking advocacy on the importance of waste management in lower-income countries.
Development planner in integrated/holistic waste management strategies, application of participatory learning and action methods to promote 3Rs and circular economy/resource efficiency societies, integration of informal sector and citizen participation, linkages between waste and climate change
The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) is a global, independent and non-for-profit association, working in the public interest to promote and develop sustainable waste management and the transition to a circular economy.
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