According to ISWA’s report on “A Roadmap for Closing the World’s Dumpsites,” by 2025, it is expected that open dumpsites around the world, such as the Bakoteh dumpsite in Kanifing, will attribute to an estimated 8-10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to being a major contributor to global climate change, there are acute health and socioeconomic concerns with open dumpsites.
Lindsey Carlson, an SCS YP takes us through the solution process for closing an open dump. Although aspects of this solid waste problem are substantial, they are surmountable. The biggest challenge moving forward is funding and empowering the community to sustain sound solid waste practices.
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