750 deaths in 7 months, due to poor waste management on dumpsites

At the start of its annual World Congress, ISWA – the International Solid Waste Association – presented a roadmap for closing the world’s biggest waste dumpsites. In order to protect the environment and to assure better public health and safety, open dumps have not been permitted in developed countries since more than 30 years. However, in many countries waste still ends up on dumpsites. Today, these dumpsites receive roughly 40% of the world’s waste and they serve about 3 to 4 billion people. Fifty of the biggest dumpsites affect the daily lives of 64 million people, a population the size of France. From December 2015 to June 2016, ISWA recorded more than 750 deaths related to poor waste management and dumpsites. In South – East Asia, exposure to open dumpsites has a greater detrimental impact on a population’s life expectancy than malaria. In addition to the human/environmental impact, the financial cost of open dumpsites runs into tens of billions of USD per year

 

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