A Roadmap for closing Waste Dumpsites The World’s most Polluted Places



Closing down a dumpsite is neither a simple nor an easy task. It requires an alternative waste management system, so it requires adequate planning, institutional and administrative capacity, financial resources, social support and finally political consensus. All of these conditions are really difficult and sometimes impossible to meet in countries where dumpsites are the dominant method of waste disposal and level of governance quality is questionable. This report provides the guidance required, to each and every local authority or government, for the process and procedures required to close a dumpsite and develop an alternative sound waste management system. The report proves that all the elements for closing a dumpsite (technical, financial, governance and social) are proven and available.This report has been prepared as a part of ISWA’s Scientific and Technical Committee Work-Program 2015-2016.


  • International Solid Waste Association

Publishing Date




  • English

Waste hierarchy

  • Disposal

Area of intervention

  • Technology
  • Financing
  • Informal Sector
  • Implementation Strategy

german cooperationFederal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Developmentsupported by The State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia