On the heels of the launch of the Trump Administration’s Federal Strategy for Addressing Global Marine Litter Strategy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the first action item, Best Practices for Solid Waste Management: A Guide for Decision-Makers in Developing Countries. This document was created to share best practices with local decision makers in developing nations to improve their solid waste collection infrastructure. The guide covers a diverse set of important topics for city-level decision makers, including stakeholder engagement; waste management planning and economics; waste collection and transportation, prevention, minimization, and recycling; landfill design and operation; and energy recovery.

“The best way to keep our oceans free of waste and litter is to prevent it from entering waterways in the first place,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “The U.S. is a leader in waste management and this guide will help many of our partners improve their waste management practices.”

“When not managed properly, waste generated on land can reach waterbodies and contribute to the global marine litter issue,” said Assistant Administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management Peter Wright. “Research shows that as much as 80 percent of marine litter comes from land-based sources. This guide discusses the marine litter issue and provides best practices on how to prevent waste from entering the environment.”

The guide is designed to be easily navigable and includes case studies and examples of activities from around the globe; questions for decision-makers to consider when evaluating options for improving solid waste management; and key resources that identify useful guidance materials, tools, and studies.

For more information, visit https://www.epa.gov/international-cooperation/environmentally-sound-management-waste-international-initiatives/