DETRITUS

We are proud to announce that the IWWG has launched its second official journal called Detritus. [read more]


SUM 2018

IV Symposium on Urban Mining, May 21-23, 2018, Bergamo, Italy. Website & Call for papers

ICLRS 2018

10th Intercontinental Landfill Research Symposium, June 26-28, 2018, Sunderbyn, Sweden. Call for Session Proposals & Abstracts open. Website

CRETE 2018

6thInternational Conference on Hazardous and Industrial Waste Management,  Chania-Crete, Greece, September 4 - 7, 2018. Website, Announcement

VENICE 2018

7th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste, October 15-18, 2018, Venice, Italy. Website

* IWWG co-sponsored events







Social Aspects of Waste Management

 

 

By Cristina van der Westhuyzen and Rainer Stegmann



The social aspects of waste are often ignored or underestimated by present-day waste management strategies hinged on advanced technology to process the vast amounts of waste produced globally.
There is however an increasing appreciation for the need to consider and value these aspects when solving waste problems and finding new solutions.
This is particularly true for developing and transient countries where the Informal Sector plays an important role in waste management.
In parts of the world, such as Brazil, efforts have been made to organize and structure the work done by the Informal Sector and to incorporate informal activities into waste management plans.
The challenges faced by workers in the Informal Sector are many, ranging from hazardous, unsanitary work conditions to poor remuneration.
Waste pickers, also known as “scavengers”, looking for recyclable goods on landfills are exposed to toxic fumes, bad hygienic conditions, dangerous compounds lurking in the heaps and ruthless dumping vehicles.
The perils are many and the rewards are few however, in countries with high unemployment rates, this form of occupation is sometime the only means of survival for many people.
There are numerous examples of programs where the waste management activities of the Informal Sector have been successfully organized to build the capacity of disadvantaged communities and to improve their living conditions whilst increasing the volumes of waste recovered for recycling, cleaning up polluted areas and introducing treatment procedures that contribute to waste reduction.