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Regional Training Workshop on Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) based on 3R in Osaka, Japan, from 5 to 8 October 2009

Developing countries are facing an uphill battle in properly managing their waste, with most efforts devoted to reducing final volumes and generating sufficient funds for waste management. If the majority of this waste could be diverted to material and resource recovery, then a substantial reduction in final waste volumes could be achieved and the recovered materials and resources could be utilized to generate revenue to fund waste management.

This forms the premise of the Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) system based on the 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) principle. ISWM aims to cover all types of wastes from all the sectors and to integrate all the stages of ISWM based on 3R approach, namely: waste reduction, source segregation for reuse and recycling, collection and transportation system, transfer stations and material recovery for recycling, treatment and resource recovery and final disposal. ISWM based on 3R approach is a useful system to support poverty alleviation and to promote partnership.

The development and implementation of ISWM requires comprehensive data on present and anticipated waste situations, supportive policy frameworks, knowledge and capacity to develop plans/systems, proper use of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs), and appropriate financial instruments to support their implementation.

UNEP/IETC is assisting national and local governments to develop Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) Plans for cities. Based on the training materials developed for demonstration projects on ISWM and the lessons learned during their implementation, UNEP/IETC organized a “Training Workshop on Integrated Solid Waste Management” on 5-8 October 2009 in Osaka, Japan in cooperation with UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP/ROAP), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), and Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC).

Practitioners and policymakers from Asia Pacific countries were invited to this Training Workshop to build their capacity on ISWM in the following areas, in order to implement ISWM project in their countries/cities:
  • waste characterization and quantification with future projections for all the waste generating sectors;
  • assessment of current waste management systems and practices covering all stages of the waste management chain;
  • setting up targets for ISWM and identifying issues of concern to stakeholders; and
  • developing a comprehensive ISWM Plan utilizing collected information
A total of 13 participants from 10 countries in the Asia Pacific region as well as UNEP/ROAP and UNESCAP attended the workshop. In the workshop, a two day training program was provided on 5-6 October. On 7 October, the workshop participants observed the Tsurumi Recycling Centre and a recycling company located in the eco-town in Osaka Prefecture. On the last day, participants from MOE Japan, MAFF Japan, IGES, Osaka University, Kyoto University and Hiroshima University joined the workshop and shared information on their waste management activities.

Date:5-8 October 2009
Venue:5 October : Tsurumi Ward Office (5-4-19 Yokozutsumi, Tsurumi-ku, Osaka)
6-8 October : UNEP/GEC Building (2-110 Ryokuchi Koen, Tsurumi-ku, Osaka)
Organizers:•United Nations Environment Programme Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, International Environmental Technology Centre (UNEP DTIE IETC)
•United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP ROAP)
•United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP)
•Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC)
Program:5 October
Overview of ISWM, waste characterization & quantification with projections

6 October
Situation analyses of existing waste management system, stakeholder consultation and target setting, how to develop ISWM Plan

7 October
Field visit

8 October
Group presentations and discussion, information sharing

Training SessionSite visit to Tsurumi Recycling Plant

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