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Pacific regional waste composition

Pacific regional waste composition

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Uploaded 09 Oct 2013 by GRID-Arendal
Year: 2013 Author: GRID-Arendal
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Waste management in SIDS, as in other developing countries, is a growing problem because of population growth, urbanisation, changing consumption patterns and the large numbers of tourists. Most of the waste collected is disposed of via sanitary landfilling, as opposed to recycling. This form of disposal represents missed economic opportunities and creates future challenges for SIDS due to the limited availability of land, potential contamination of surrounding ecosystems and the contribution of decomposing garbage to the build-up of greenhouse gases. Even where limited recycling has been pursued, the absence of legal and regulatory provisions for recycling and the remoteness of markets and fluctuating prices limit the attractiveness and opportunities for private sector involvement. Despite the limited availability and reliability of waste generation data, it is estimated that solid waste generation rates in SIDS ranges from 0.75 -2.8kg/per capita with organics comprising close t ...
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