Thirty-eight of the world’s fifty biggest dumpsites directly impact marine and coastal areas. These dumpsites receive 40% of the world’s waste. Closing these dumps could benefit 64 million people including communities of waste pickers working and living on these uncontrolled dumpsites. Closing them would also prevent 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent emissions annually – a climate benefits akin to removing 5 million cars from roads each year.
In addition to these very large dumpsites there are innumerable open dumpsites in cities and townships with similar negative impacts for the environment and the health of nearby communities. Closing an open dumpsite requires alternative waste management systems specific to the local context and requires adequate planning, improved institutional and administrative capacity, financial resources, social support and political consensus.
Tackling air pollution and climate change to save lives and protect the environment is the foundation of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s Bonn communiqué. This strategic project aims to help achieve those time sensitive commitments and help cities/municipalities move towards sustainable waste management practices in their regions.