"Workshop-Training on Organic Waste Composting: Resource Recovery for a Sustainable Solid Waste Management"

Background

Urbanization, population growth and economic development are considered the main driving forces of solid waste management (SWM) issues in Asia and the Pacific region.  These factors all together influence consumption rates that lead to accelerate waste generation and change waste components.  The United Nations Economic and Social Commission in Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) reported that the solid waste in the least developed and low income developing countries of the region is characterized by high organic content ranging from 70 to 80 percent of the total waste generation. This figure shows a bright prospect to introduce recycling methods to minimize municipal solid waste generation.  However, many of these local governments remain to practice traditional solid waste management that focuses on end-of-line solutions that are often very costly.

Recognizing the need to adopt innovative strategies for sustainable solid waste management, the Kitakyushu Initiative for a Clean Environment (KI) started to promote innovative composting techniques to assist local governments in Asia and the Pacific region address waste management issues in their locality such as the large volume of organic waste. Through intensive research, several small-scale composting initiatives that target commercial and household organic wastes have been identified and found to achieve success in improving local environmental and socio-economic conditions. Surabaya City in Indonesia as an example, implemented household composting through a simple technique by using baskets commonly referred to as the “Takakura Home Method” (THM). This practice has resulted to a significant decrease in waste generation; the city government recorded a 10% decrease from 2005 until 2007. Partnership and cooperation between local NGOs, private sector, communities and local government was also achieved from this initiative as well as the creation of income and livelihood opportunities from waste recycling.

Understanding the benefits and achievements of THM composting in Indonesia, several cities in the Philippines and Thailand have replicated the method to address organic wastes from household to commercial sources.  Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), Thailand, started a community pilot project for household composting in 2006. Shortly after, BMA invested to expand the practice in a number of districts targeting both market and household sources.

Objectives

The Kitakyushu Initiative Network Secretariat under the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in partnership with UNESCAP, Kitakyushu City Government, Japan and the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA), is organizing a 3-day workshop- training on “Organic Waste Composting: Resource Recovery for a Sustainable Solid Waste Management”. The main objective of this workshop-training is to introduce composting practice as an important component to improve existing solid waste management systems in the region and an avenue for livelihood development. Specifically it aims to:

  • Present innovative composting practices of cities in Asia and the Pacific region;
  • Discuss the environmental and socio-economic impacts of composting;
  • Discuss policy measures to support organic waste composting;
  • Provide hands-on training on Takakura composting method,

Date & Venue

Date: The workshop-training will be divided into two parts; first part will be a one-day (March 10) workshop lecture on the different innovative composting methods and the relevant socio-economic and environmental impacts. While the second part will be a two-day (March 11& 12) hands-on training on the Takakura method 0f composting.

Venue: Century Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Participants

The one-day workshop is open to all policymakers from local government units in Asia and the Pacific region while the two-day hands-on training is open to all interested waste management practitioners.

Organisers

The workshop-training is organised by the Kitakyushu Initiative Network Secretariat – Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission in Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), City Government of Kitakyushu, Japan and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), Thailand

Documents

File
Concept Note 101 KB
Programme 162 KB
List or Participants 142 KB
Session 1
Training-Workshop Outline by IGES 142 KB
Keynote Presentation by UNESCAP 777 KB
Keynote Presentation by Kitakyushu City 832 KB
Session 2
Solid Waste Management and Composting Initiatives by Surabaya City The file is too big for download. Please contact the Secretariat for copies.
Organic Composting: Methods and Concepts by JPeC The file is too big for download. Please contact the Secretariat for copies.
Solid Waste Management and Composting Initiatives in Metropolitan Bangkok by BMA The file is too big for download. Please contact the Secretariat for copies.
Policy Implication of Composting Practices by Pollution Control Department, Thailand The file is too big for download. Please contact the Secretariat for copies.
Social and Economic Benefits of Organic Composting by IGES The file is too big for download. Please contact the Secretariat for copies.
Session 3
Solid Waste Management and Composting Initiatives in Nonthaburi Municipality The file is too big for download. Please contact the Secretariat for copies.
Solid Waste Management and Composting Initiatives in Sankamphaeng Municipality 483 KB
Solid Waste Management and Composting Initiatives in Sriratcha Municipality 361 KB
Solid Waste Management and Composting Initiatives in Nakhon Ratchasima Municipality The file is too big for download. Please contact the Secretariat for copies.
Solid Waste Management and Composting Initiatives in Phitsanulok Municipality The file is too big for download. Please contact the Secretariat for copies.
Session 4
Solid Waste Management and Composting Initiatives in Sibu City, Malaysia 481 KB
Solid Waste Management and Composting Initiatives in Kathmandu City, Nepal 516 KB
Summary 146 KB


If you would like a copy of the documents, please contact the Kitakyushu Initiative Network Secretariat.

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific


Environment Section
Environment and Sustainable Development Division
United Nations Building, Rajdamnern Avenue
Bangkok 10200 Thailand
Email: escap-esdd-evs@un.org

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies


Kitakyushu Initiative Network Secretariat
3-9-30 Asano, Kokurakita-ku
Kitakyushu City 802-0001 Japan
Email: kitakyushu-initiative@iges.or.jp