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Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) management, particularly final disposal as open dumps has become a global issue. Worldwide, dumpsites are the third largest anthropogenic source of methane, accounting for 11 percent of estimated global methane emissions or 881 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent. The 50 largest dumpsites affect the daily lives of 64...

Policy Report
Kitakyushu Initiative Research

The main objective of this study is to analyze the framework of solid waste management (SWM) system in the Philippines, identify good SWM practices, and formulate strategies for its replication in the country and among local government members of the Kitakyushu Initiative Network. Specifically it seeks to:

1. Analyze the mandates and role of local...

Policy Report
Kitakyushu Initiative Workshop

The fourth meeting of the Kitakyushu Initiative Network in June 2007 that was held in Kitakyushu, Japan highlights the unanimous declaration of all participating local governments from Asia and the Pacific region that solid waste management (SWM) remains the most pressing environmental concern for cities and municipalities today. Indeed, solid...

Peer-reviewed Article
In IRES Vol.6 No.2
N. P. Dan
B. X. Thanh
B. D. Truong

This paper focuses on issues of typical groundwater pollution caused by inadequate wastewater control systems in Vietnam, a common problem in many developing countries around the world. Two case studies are presented, one of industrial wastewater problems in the province of Tay Ninh, and the other of groundwater contamination by an unsanitary...

Peer-reviewed Article
In IRES Vol.5 No.2
Atsushi Terazono
Yuichi Moriguchi
Yuko Sato Yamamoto
Shin-ichi Sakai
Bulent Inanc
Jianxin Yang
Stephen Siu
Ashok V. Shekdar
Dong-Hoon Lee
Azni B. Idris
Albert A. Magalang
Genandrialine L. Peralta
Chun-Chao Lin
Pireeyutma Vanapruk
Thumrongrut Mungcharoen

This paper provides an overview of solid waste generation and management in Asia, which, with rapid economic growth and urbanization, is becoming a major social and environmental issue. Every country or region within Asia has its own background and characteristics in relation to solid waste management and material-cycle policy, even though they...