ISWA Calls to Close All Dumpsites By 2030

In their declaration released on October 21 The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) calls to close 50 of the world’s largest dumpsites by 2030.

Photo: “A Roadmap for the Closure of Waste Dumpsites”, ISWA

Photo: “A Roadmap for the Closure of Waste Dumpsites”, ISWA

At the 2016 ISWA World Congress in Novi Sad, Serbia ISWA announced the publication of its latest report, “A Roadmap for the Closure of Waste Dumpsites”. This roadmap will shape a fundamental part of ISWA’s agenda over the coming years as ISWA plans to invest significant energy into helping close some of the most dangerous waste facilities on the planet. 

The dumpsites being considered for closure are poorly managed open dumpsites.

Here is the full text of the declaration.

750 deaths related to dumpsites have been registered within the first half of 2016 and scientific evidence supports that the health impacts by dumpsites are worse than malaria at least in India, Indonesia and Philippines. Roughly 4 billion tons of municipal wastes are generated annually, and almost 35% of this is simply dumped into rivers, leaks into the oceans, burnt openly, or onto the streets and byways of townships and cities.  

In a globalized and interconnected world, any pandemic related to dumpsites may easily become a global one. The world’s open dumpsites must be closed, for the health and wellbeing of not just the hundreds of millions of people directly affected by this shameful and polluting practice, but for the future of everyone on this planet. There is an urgent need for an international response now, before dumpsites become an urgent global health emergency.

We, the undersigned, declare our support for the closure of the world’s 50 largest dumpsites, as a starting point that will drive the closure of all the dumpsites in the world until 2030. Closing these 50 biggest dumpsites will immediately improve the lives of 65 million people, and it will drive 10,000 children from dumpsites to education.

By replacing all open dumpsites with safe and sensible alternatives for managing waste, communities will benefit from improved education, training, employment, health and wellbeing. Developing alternatives to dumpsites will also reduce substantially climate change emissions, provide additional employment and resource recovery, and stem the tide of plastic that is destroying our oceans.

A world without dumpsites will be a huge step towards the implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainability Development Goals that have been agreed by 192 nations. Now is the time to work together, to protect people’s livelihoods and the environment they depend upon.