Online Course on Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM) towards Circular Economy

14-16 November 2022 15:00-18:00 JST (14:00-17:00 Singapore Time)

This event will be organised as part of IGES-CCET’s collaboration with ADB on improving waste management and the circular economy in Asia and the Pacific. 

This online course is a capacity-building programme for Asian Development Bank (ADB) personnel and technical staff that aims to provide them with the planning knowledge and skills needed to perform their mandated functions. The ADB’s Urban Development Divisions and Country Offices will participate in this programme in their continued efforts to address solid waste management. This online course is designed to be practical and appealing to practitioners by balancing practical and theoretical knowledge using a mix of concepts and case studies (ADB/WB, etc.). Each concept will be introduced and then further elaborated on using a case study. The training is divided into three thematic areas, including the current status of municipal solid waste management (MSWM) in Asia and the Pacific, applications of waste hierarchy and circular economy principles in MSWM systems and discussions on sustainable financing and policy development. We hope that this programme will bring practitioners up to date with state-of-the-art concepts, best practices and historical trends in waste management and convey the need for waste management systems for a circular economy.


14-16 November 2022 15:00-18:00 JST (14:00-17:00 Singapore Time)



Makoto Tsukiji, Senior Fellow, IGES <[email protected]>
Miki Inoue, Project Officer, IGES <[email protected]>


Day 1: 14 November 15:00-18:00 JST (14:00-17:00 Singapore Time)

  Session 1.
Municipal Solid Waste Management in Asia and the Pacific

This session focuses on MSWM in Asia and the Pacific. It provides a basic introduction to the current trends and practices of MSWM in the region covering the following key points: why waste management is important; MSWM and its co-benefits (Public Health, Climate Change, SDGs, Plastic Pollution and Marine Litter), key challenges in developing and implementing SWM policies and infrastructure; and historical reasons why governments have been less invested in MSWM sector up to now.
Moderator Sing Cho (Terry), Senior Urban Development Specialist (Waste Management), Asia Development Bank (ADB)  
Invited Speakers Michikazu Kojima, Chief Senior Researcher, Institute of Developing Economies, JETRO. Senior Advisor, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia. (Municipal Solid Waste Management in Asia and the Pacific: Challenges and Opportunities)
Frank Van Woerden, Lead Environmental Engineer, World Bank (A Global Picture of Solid Waste Management Challenges, Trends and Sector Development Approaches from What-a-Waste 2.0: Solid Waste Management to 2050) PDF (3.4MB)
Dek Vimeanreaksmey, Deputy Director of the Department of Solid Waste Management, Ministry of Environment, Cambodia (Current Situation of Solid Waste Management in Cambodia) PDF (2.9MB)
Sirirat Bamrungsena, Director of Local Environment division, Department of Local Administrations, Ministry of Interior, Thailand (The Solid Waste Management of the Local Administrative Organization in Thailand) PDF (2.1MB)
Premakumara Jagath Dickella Gamaralalage, Director/ Principle Researcher, CCET, IGES (A Review of ADB's Commitment for Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM), 2000-2020)
Naomi Mizokami, Environmental Policy Section, Environmental Bureau, Fukuoka City, Japan (Solid Waste Management in Fukuoka City for Sustainable Urban Development) PDF (3.0MB)

Day 2: 15 November 15:00-18:00 JST (14:00-17:00 Singapore Time)

  Session 2.
Application of Waste Hierarchy and Circular Economy

This session describes various measures that are required to move from linear waste management to sustainable waste management including waste hierarchy, 4Rs and CE aspects. The discussion will focus on both opportunities and challenges in applying these new aspects into MSWM planning and implementation particularly in developing countries. Specific topics to be covered include, Integrated Solid Waste Management, 4Rs (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), and waste hierarchy, Financing Methods including EPR based on good and failure practices (local governments / Donor driven projects) from Asia and the Pacific. SWM practitioners will addressed real challenges by sharing case studies.
Moderator Mr. James Baker, Senior Circular Economy Specialist, ADB  
Invited Speakers Yasuhiko Hotta, Director/Principal Policy Analyst, Sustainable Consumption and Production Area, IGES (Importance of the 3Rs, 2Rs, and Circular Economy as a Governmental Policy) PDF (1.4MB)
Justin Wang, Associate Researcher, Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (Unique EPR Approach and its Accomplishments) PDF (2.9MB)
Nguyễn Trung Thắng, Deputy Director, ISPONRE, MONRE, Vietnam (Promotion of 3Rs and Extended Producer’s Responsibility (EPR) towards Circular Economy in the Law on Environmental Protection) PDF (2.2MB)
Prasad Modak, Managing Director, Environmental Management Centre Pvt. Ltd. and Director, Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation, India (Experience on Development of National Action Plan for Circular Economy in India) PDF (1.6MB)
Rie Kimura, Assistant Manager, Yokohama Urban Solution Alliance (YUSA), Japan (Solid Waste Management in Yokohama: Collaboration among Citizen, Private sector and Local government) PDF (2.8MB)
Xin Ren, Senior Environment Specialist, ADB (Findings and lessons on policies and cost recovery of basic SWM and WtE) PDF (1.3MB)

Day 3: 16 November 15:00-18:00 JST (14:00-17:00 Singapore Time)

  Session 3.
Financial sustainability and Policy arrangement

This session discusses how to introduce the above-mentioned changes at national and local levels. For this, we will present various innovations at the national and local levels needed for such transition from the aspects of policies and institutions, finance and multi stakeholders. What are some of the production and consumption-centric issues that are relevant for waste management? Specific cases such as production/consumption-related policies are also introduced.
Moderator Agnes Surry, Senior capacity building and training economist, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)  
Invited Speakers Jonas Bystrom, Lead Engineer, Circular Economy Division, EIB (From waste management to circular resource management – the EU experience) PDF (1.2MB)
Okju Jeong, Climate change Specialist, Climate Change and Disaster Rick Management Division, ADB (MSWM: Alignment with Paris Agreement and Contribution to Climate Finance) PDF (1.1MB)
Kin Wai Chan, OPPP, ADB (Public and Private Partnership (PPP) Project on MSWM in Indonesia)  
Wimonrat Santadvatana, International Coordinator, Wongpanit, Thailand (Sustainable Recycling Model - moving towards Circular Economy) PDF (8.3MB)
Piya Kerdlap, Managing Director, PXP Sustainability, Thailand (Financial Analysis of Solid Waste Management Projects - The Basics and Challenges in Practice in Asia)" PDF (1.9MB)
Christian Walder, Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist, ADB (Maldives WTE project: Financially sustainable SWM project, incl. role of 3Ts in DMCs) PDF (2.4MB)