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A practical guide to landfill management in Pacific Island countries and territories: Volume 1 - Inland-based waste disposal

 

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Solid waste management is an environmental priority for most islands in the Pacific. Unfortunately, lack of recycling and reduction initiatives, poor waste collection systems, open dumpsites, and environmental pollution are still common in many countries in the region. Despite this general outlook, there are a number of positive changes being made to
improve waste management policies and practices in Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs), including improvement of collection systems, implementation of container deposit schemes, and the upgrading and construction of sanitary landfills.

This practical guide to landfill management is an important example of positive change. It draws on the experience of Japan, the country that has developed the Fukuoka type semiaerobic landfill and has facilitated the construction and upgrading of several dumpsites into Fukuoka-type landfills in Palau, Samoa, and Vanuatu, as well as other countries in Asia. This varied experience has enriched the development of this guideline, which provides practical, useful tips and invaluable guidance to waste practitioners in PICTs.

As the name of this guide indicates, it is a practical document which can be followed stepby- step to improve the management of landfills. But it is more than that. It is also a useful tool for waste practitioners to build their capacity through self-learning.
The guide is available online, in print and also on CD-ROM and DVD.

published :Thursday, April 01, 2010

 

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