Mitigating SLCPs from the Municipal Solid Waste Sector

This initiative aims to reduce methane and air pollution across the municipal solid waste sector by securing city and country commitments to undertake a variety of best practice policies and strategies for waste management.

Through technical assistance, training, capacity building, and awareness-raising, cities work to mitigate emissions of methane, black carbon and other pollutants as they transition to more sustainable waste management options. Municipal solid waste landfills are the third largest source of global methane emissions, while the practice of open garbage burning emits black carbon and other toxic compounds as well as greenhouse gases.

Latest Results

The Municipal Solid Waste initiative has helped 10 cities to implement city action plans on SLCPs, with other cities waiting to join the effort. Some are mentoring others, and the group has established an online knowledge platform to help scale up the effort from individual cities to nations and regions.

Lead Partners

Initiative Partners

Bangladesh, Chile, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Jordan, Liberia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Sweden, International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), and TERRE Policy Centre.

Initiative Actors

The cities of Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Accra, Ghana; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Amman, Jordan; Barranquilla, Colombia; Battambang, Cambodia; Cali, Colombia; Cebu, Philippines; Concepcion, Chile; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Johannesburg, South Africa; Lagos, Nigeria; Lima, Peru; Penang, Malaysia; Phitsanulok, Thailand; Pune, India; Queretaro, Mexico; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; San Diego, USA; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Stockholm, Sweden; Surabaya, Indonesia; Vina del Mar, Chile; NGOs: Gevalor, Global Environment Centre Foundation; and Stratus Consulting.