The World Bank’s Solid Waste Management Knowledge Silo Breaker is a community of practice created to share knowledge between practitioners of all affiliations. Through document sharing, discussions, and events, it aims to increase the awareness of solid waste issues and innovations across the globe.
The community’s objectives are: share experiences and resources to learn from solid waste management projects across the World Bank Group; further technical knowledge; strengthen projects by including environmental, social, urban, gender, sustainable financing, and climate perspectives and expertise when relevant; and learn about the latest innovations globally.
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Solid Waste Management Advisory and Analytical Work
This report Strategic assessment of solid waste management services and systems in Nepal is prepared by the World Bank Team in consultations with various Government agencies and Development Partners. These stakeholders had provided rich and detailed input throughout the process, prioritized the selection of study areas, and provided guidance on the initial and final findings and recommendations of the report.
By 2050, it is estimated that nearly half the world’s population will reside in cities. Bulging population in cities coupled with their rising income levels has led to an increase in the amount of waste generated by these urban centers. Cities and towns across the globe today face acute challenges in managing their waste in terms of its efficient collection, transportation and scientific disposal. Moreover, they need to comply with the prevalent environment standards and negate any adverse impact on general public health and environment.
Maintaining the delivery of basic urban service—including waste collection and management—is becoming a growing challenge to cities grappling with the fallout from COVID-19. Every year the world generates over 2 billion metric tons of municipal solid waste. The World Bank estimates that by 2050 annual waste generation will increase by 70 percent—to 3.4 billion metric tons. In low-income countries, the volume of waste is expected to triple by 2050, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
Nepal is experiencing a shift from a unitary to a three-tier government structure. The transition has led to increased financial independence and decision-making responsibilities for urban local level (ULL) governments. Solid waste management is primarily the responsibility of the ULLGs. Legally, the ULLGs can also formulate their own regulations in order to manage the waste efficiently.
From the near twenty million metropolitan city of Karachi, in Pakistan to the 400,000 person city of Pokhara, in Nepal, mayors and decisions makers are struggling to raise financing for capital investments in their cities that could deliver improved services to their communities, with the key priority being the solid waste management (SWM) services.