1st Thematic Seminar: Solid Waste Management (19-20 September 2002, Kitakyushu, Japan)

Solid waste is a critical issue for cities in Asia and the Pacific. With changes in lifestyles, the problems faced by cities have compounded, including an increase in both solid and hazardous waste, issues pertaining to landfill management, and recycling, among others. There is often a contrast between cities with different economic levels and cultures with regard to priority issues, as well as treatment techniques.

As part of activities under the Kitakyushu Initiative, the Seminar on Solid Waste Management was held to provide a forum for open discussions on concrete measures to overcome solid waste issues, with specific focus on management of household waste.

This Seminar included the participation of representatives from 12 local governments in the Asia-Pacific region who are actively addressing issues regarding household waste, as well as experts in the field of solid waste management. Discussions focused on existing capacities of local governments to address priority issues; activities currently being carried out by local governments to reduce household waste, touching upon priority issues in legislation, financing, technology, enforcement, and public participation, among others; the concrete actions that can be taken to address particular issues; and policies and measures that may be most appropriate for future actions.

A field visit to demonstration Kitakyushu City's comprehensive solid waste management system was conducted on the afternoon of 19 September to the city's recycling center, incineration plant, and landfill site.

General Information

Item PDF File Word File
Seminar Overview 12.2KB  30.5KB 
General Analysis 100KB  129KB 
Seminar Programme 9.51KB  23KB 
Participants List 12.1KB  30KB 
Written Paper Guidelines -- 33KB 

City Summaries & Reports

Summaries are analyses based on reports submitted by the local governments. Graphics have been deleted from certain papers due to download times. Full papers are available from the Kitakyushu Initiative Secretariat upon request.

City (Country) Summary Paper
  PDF File Word File PDF File Word File
Dhaka (Bangladesh) 8.28KB 23.5KB 21.7KB 44KB
Cebu (Philippines) 7.45KB 27KB 293KB, 306KB 461KB, 325KB
Nonthaburi (Thailand) 7.01KB 27KB 37.3KB, 805KB
(No graphics)
50KB
(1 graph)
Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) 7.96KB 24KB 36.5KB 59.5KB, 24KB
Chongqing (China) 7.03KB 25KB -- 48KB
Kathmandu (Nepal) 10.5KB 24KB 47.3KB 215KB
Bhopal (India) 7.21KB 21.5KB 47.9KB 95.5KB
Fukuoka (Japan) 8.69KB 35KB -- 238KB, 29.5KB
Kitakyushu (Japan) 7.78KB 29KB 46KB 868KB
Macao (China) 7.44KB 26KB -- 350KB
Surabaya (Indonesia) 7.91KB 23KB 25.8KB 59.5KB
Yangon (Myanmar) 7.55KB 21.5KB 46.6KB 72KB, 23.5KB

Supplementary Reports

Paper PDF File Word File
Solid Waste Management in Dhaka:
Innovation in Community Driven Composting
62.1KB 164KB
Waste Management in Surabaya:
An Integrated Sustainable Approach
34.7KB 49.5KB

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