Observations of Solid Waste Landfills in
Africa, Asia, and Latin America
by Lars Mikkel Johannessen with Gabriela Boyer
The report documents observations from visits in 1997-98 to landfills in the Africa, East Asia and Pacific, and Latin America and Caribbean regions. Specifically, it identifies emerging features, practices, and necessary improvements in the final disposal of solid waste. Also discussed are trends in the regulatory area, private sector involvement, tipping fees, and the impact of waste pickers on sanitary landfills. Finally, the report identifies crossregional observations, and offers recommendations for improvements in World Bank projects that have solid waste components.