Series of Technical Deep Dive: Solid Waste Management (SWM) TDD

story from Tokyo Development Learning Center

Enabling local authorities to engage citizen on service delivery and private entities

March 21- March 24, 2017
SWM Kitakyushu













The World Bank reports that globally, over 50% of the population lives in urban areas today and the number of people living in cities will increase by 1.5 times to 6 billion, adding 2 billion more urban residents by 2045.

The World Bank’s report “What a Waste: A Global Review of Solid Waste Management” in 2012 warned that the cities will generate 2.2 billion tons of solid waste per year by 2025 – an increase of 70 percent. As the world urbanizes, solid waste management (SWM) is becoming a critical issue especially for those fast-growing countries.

Solid waste is a large source of greenhouse gas (GHG) and poorly managed waste can cause air pollution, respiratory diseases, diarrhea and dengue fever. While service levels, environmental impacts and costs vary dramatically, SWM is arguably the most important municipal service and serves as a prerequisite for other municipal action. If managed correctly, cities will receive high economic rate of return and environmental and public health benefits.

The World Bank’s Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), in collaboration with the Government of Japan, City of Kitakyushu and World Bank Solid Waste Management Knowledge Silo Breakers (KSB), will organize a four-day Technical Deep Dive (TDD) on SWM from March 21–24, 2017. Practitioners and experts on SWM from around 16 countries (Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania) are expected to join for this TDD.

Japan’s SWM experience presents unique opportunities for collaborative learning and knowledge sharing among SWM practitioners. This TDD aims to build on the ongoing knowledge sharing experiences to maximize the learning by highlighting not only waste administration but procurement and cost recovery of SWM by examining financial statements of the municipalities. Also, participants will learn Japanese behavioral change because successful waste administration requires citizen engagement. Site visits to garbage collection stations, Eco Town Center, waste incinerator in Kitakyushu and landfill site of Tokyo were planned to foster comprehensive understanding of municipal efforts of waste administration.

The TDD will take place in Tokyo for knowledge sharing sessions with Japanese officials from relevant national and local government agencies, and in Kitakyushu City for sight visits. Kitakyushu City is one of the World Bank TDLC’s City Partnership Program (CPP) partners. The City is recognized both nationally and globally for its success in addressing challenges of environmental pollution including solid waste management and air pollution through partnership with citizens, locals small and medium, and large companies and central government. It has been cooperating with 110 cities in Asia, sharing their “Kitakyushu Model”. TDLC conducted “Art of Knowledge Exchange Workshop” in Kitakyushu in order to promote effective knowledge sharing to the client cities. The World Bank and Kitakyushu City will sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the program on March 22, 2017.

* Participation is only by invitation.


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