Waste: the challenges facing developing countries

published in October 2012
Large cities in developing countries are facing a waste crisis. Integrated waste management is a key to developing sustainable solutions. What can be the contribution of the private sector?
India Cameroon
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Open dumping of waste presents a real threat to the environment and to human health and is commonplace in developing countries. Constrained by budget pressures, towns and cities in the southern hemisphere are struggling to deal with the proliferation of municipal solid waste. Global production has practically doubled over the past ten years and is expected to reach 2.5 billion tonnes per year in 2025 as a result of the combined effect of urban development and changes in consumption patterns.

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