The International Solid Waste Association has bestowed its 2010 ISWA Publication Award to UN-HABITAT for its report entitled Solid Waste Management in the World’s Cities.
“Within the past year it is estimated that, for the first time, more than 50 percent of the world’s population now live in urban areas. Therefore Solid Waste Management in the World’s Cities is a timely and welcome publication,” said ISWA Vice President Jeff Cooper.
The report (UN-HABITAT/Earthscan, London – ISBN 978-1-84971-170-8), was conceived and produced under the leadership and financing of UN-HABITAT as the third in the agency’s series on Water and Sanitation in the World’s Cities. It was prepared by a large number of gifted and expert authors coordinated by the three principal authors and editors: Anne Scheinberg, David C. Wilson and Ljiljana Rodic.
“The publication benefits from both a wide spectrum of approaches to the assessment and management of waste and its recovery potential in developing, transition and developed countries and also these varying approaches are exemplified through 20 city case studies,” Mr Cooper said.
He said the primary concern is the health and safety of the city’s residents and for all those handling or exposed to that waste or its potential mis-management. Increasingly managing our urban waste resources and the sustainability of those decisions is becoming a stronger influence whenever we consider our role in tackling these issues, he added.
“I commend this publication as essential reading for waste managers and all those concerned about resource management and the recovery of waste for further productive use,” Mr. Cooper said.
The Prize will be awarded during the closing ceremony at the ISWA World Congress in Hamburg 15-18 November.