Global dumpsite hazards led to 750 deaths in 7 months

Waste Management

965a8a3a1aThis week at the 2016 ISWA World Congress in Novi Sad, Serbia ISWA announced the publication of its latest report, A Roadmap for the Closure of Waste Dumpsites. This roadmap will shape a fundamental part of ISWA’s agenda over the coming years as ISWA plans to invest significant energy into helping close some of the most dangerous waste facilities on the planet.

As this article in D-Waste Dive acknowledges, between Dec. 2015 and June 2016, there have been more than 750 deaths globally related to poor waste management in dumpsites and associated health impacts.

The dangers of the these dumpsites is very real and affects significant numbers. Open dumpsites receive approximately 40% of the world’s waste and serve three to four billion people.