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Roadmap for Sustainable Waste Management in Developing Countries

About this event

Sustainable waste management is a major issue for both developed and developing countries. Even though source reduction or recycling is the preferred choice of waste management, over 70% of solid waste is openly dumped or landfilled globally. The availability of land/space for building waste management facilities (landfills, composting, recycling, and/or Waste to Energy, WTE) can constrain the decision making. However, we need to pay special attention to (1) availability of land/space and (2) applicability of technology in a specific region (based on waste characteristics). What works for developed countries like the USA or Europe or Japan, South Korea may not be applicable to Asia, Africa or Latin American countries because of the waste characteristics. The webinar will present and discuss roadways for sustainable waste management in developing countries.


  • 5 mins-Introduction from James Law, Chair WGL
  • 40 mins presentation from Professor Sahadat Hossain,
  • 15 mins Q&A (moderated by James Law)

Hosted by

  • Guest speaker
    Sahadat Hussain

    Director, Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (SWIS), The University of Texas at Arlington

  • Guest speaker
    James Law

    Vice President of SCS Engineers and Chair ISWA Working Group Landfill


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.