Waste Management - Methodology

The methodology for measuring and reporting waste management practices was developed and implemented during the 2016 waste inventory. It was improved in 2017 by incorporating lessons learnt and feedback from UN focal points. The methodology requires the collection of data on waste quantities by:

  1. Type of waste (e.g. paper, plastics, metal, e-waste, etc.);
  2. Method of collection (e.g. municipality, private contractor, take-back scheme, etc.); and,
  3. Type of treatment and disposal (e.g. landfill, recycling, reuse, etc.).

The approach follows the recommendations of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics developed by the Statistics Division at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and is in line with Global Reporting Initiative indicators.

In addition, qualitative information on good practices such as implementation of policy and waste management plans is collected to enable the sharing of best practices between UN entities. 


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