Reports & Publication

UNEP/IOC Guidelines on Survey and Monitoring of Marine Litter


These guidelines offer a comparative analysis of information from around the world on existing experiences and methods for surveys, monitoring, reporting protocols and assessment of marine litter.

Landfill Mining - Key Issue Paper

2013 | ISWA

The paper highlights the key social, environmental and economic factors that need to be considered before undertaking an Landfill Mining project.

Guidelines for Design and Operation of Municipal Solid Waste Landfills in Tropical Climates

2013 | ISWA

This document is a set of guidelines catered specifically for low and middle income countries that handle municipal solid waste through landfill. The document targets landfill operators and waste management authorities in tropical and subtropical countries, as most of the developing areas tend to focus in the region.

International Guidelines (1) for the Evaluation of the Status of Municipal Waste Landfills for Economically Developing Countries

2011 | ISWA

The International Guidelines for Landfill Evaluation contains essential parameters for the evaluation of landfill Standards. The International Solid Waste Association Working Group on Landfill supports the transition away from open dumps toward sanitary landfilling. Where economic resources are very limited it will, in many cases, be sufficient to use rather simple methods to make substantial improvement to the environment.

Landfill Gas Handbook Manual

2005 | ISWA

The International Solid Waste Association Working Group on Sanitary Landfill, was awarded a grant from the European Union (EU) to develop a practical handbook covering basic field procedures and practices of Landfill Biogas Operations. The objective is to provide EU landfill managers, site operators, and field technicians with a practical reference guide that can be used on a daily basis and contribute toward efficient, safe landfill biogas operations.

Landfill Operations Guidelines 2nd Edition

2010 | ISWA

The Landfill Operations Guidelines were first produced in 2002 as a loose leaf document to assist waste managers with the day to day operations of landfills. They have now been updated by the International Solid Waste Association Working Group for Landfill to reflect current operational practice and as appropriate some technical guidance.

Training Module: Closing an Open Dumpsite and Shifting from Open Dumping to Controlled Dumping and to Sanitary Land Filling

2005 | UNEP

A policy shift from open dumping to sanitary landfilling has implications on local preparedness to operate and manage a landfill as well as on how the current dumpsites will be abandoned. Consequently, there is a need to build and enhance the technical and management capacities of local authorities. In recognition of this need and as part of the United Nations Environment Programme's global effort to promote environmentally sound technologies, the International Environmental Technology Centre has developed this training module for capacity building.

Guidelines on the Use of Market-based Instruments to Address the Problem of Marine Litter

2009 | UNEP

Guidance Manual on Environmentally Sound Management of Waste


Following the adoption of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Council Recommendation C(2004)100 in 2004 on Environmentally Sound Management of Waste, member countries wished to reinforce the implementation of this legal Act by issuing a practical Guidance Manual. This publication aims at facilitating the implementation of an environmentally sound waste management policy by governments on one hand, and by waste treatment facilities on the other hand.

Cleanup, Storage, and Transport of Mercury Waste from Healthcare Facilities

2010 | UNDP

The UNDP GEF project involves demonstrating best practices for the management of mercury waste and promoting mercury-free devices. As health facilities phase out mercury devices, proper methods of storage and transport are needed. This document is intended for project countries where national norms and guidelines for cleanup, storage, and transport of mercury waste do not exist at this time.