CITYNET Japan Forum


22nd CITYNET Japan Forum
Solid Waste Management in Asia
Global Community Based initiatives

Galle City employee checking the separation of rubbish (Sri Lanka)


Children weighing rubbish at a school


In April 2017, a mountain of rubbish collapsed, killing 32 people and destroying 87 houses in the area. This tragedy represents the urgency of waste management problems in Asia. According to the World Bank, the amount of rubbish in lower income countries will increase by 2.6 to 2.8 times in 2025, in comparison to 2010.

What would happen if this problem is left unsolved?

This forum aims to understand the current situation in Asia and introduce initiatives by NPOs in Japan and in Asia to tackle this problem. Furthermore, it will introduce initiatives in solid waste management and environmental issues conducted by schools and communities, contributing to solving problems in waste management.

*1 “Geotechnical Assessment on the failure at Meethotamulla Waste Hill” (National Building Research Organization, Ministry of Disaster Management, Government of Sri Lanka, 2017)
*2 “WHAT A WASTE -A Global Review of Solid Waste Management” (World Bank, 2012)


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