Understanding Waste

Managing municipal solid waste in Latin America and the Caribbean

January 31, 2012, 4:23 pm


Managing municipal solid waste in 

Latin America and the Caribbean  

Integrating the private sector, harnessing incentives

by Daniel Hoornweg and Natalie Giannelli

As Latin America’s urban population has grown, its solid waste has increased at an even faster pace. Today the region’s urban areas generate about 369,000 tons a day of solid waste. Ensuring that the waste is collected and disposed of properly will require 
strengthening the strategic role of municipalities. The private sector already plays a big part in waste collection. But private providers could do more in waste disposal and management, helping to improve service in close coordination with local authorities. Given the methane gas currently released from landfills, carbon finance is another potential driver of management improvements.  







Arsova, L. (2012). Managing municipal solid waste in Latin America and the Caribbean. Retrieved from http://www.informalwastesector.net/view/article/51cbf2aa7896bb431f6aa470


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