Resources

  • A Playbook for Municipal Solid Waste Methane Mitigation: Recommendations Based on Global Waste Management Archetypes (2 Files)

    This playbook establishes four municipal solid waste management archetypes across the globe (Build the Basics, Build the Basics Plus, Move up the Hierarchy, and Close the Circle) and provides tailored methane abatement strategies for each archetype. It aims to serve as a starting point for countries to further customize mitigation solutions to reflect their unique local context.

  • Mitigating Methane Emissions from Municipal Solid Waste: A Playbook for Lagos, Nigeria (1 FILE)

    This playbook provides concrete, actionable strategies to reduce methane emissions from municipal solid waste in Lagos, Nigeria. These strategies are based on the Build the Basics archetype defined in RMI's global playbook which characterizes Nigeria’s municipal solid waste management practices, and cover waste generation, collection and transport, recovery and treatment, and disposal. The strategies also include a crosscutting component that explores opportunities to enhance the policy and regulatory framework, emissions transparency, access to finance, and improve stakeholder awareness and capacity building.

  • Deploying Advanced Monitoring Technologies at US Landfills: How Landfill Operators and Municipalities Can Leverage New Tools to Reduce Methane Emissions and Deliver Powerful Benefits (1 FILE)

    This playbook is intended to provide an overview of strategies to monitor and mitigate emissions that may be appropriate for US landfill operators to consider based on their evaluation of site-specific, technological, and operational conditions. The playbook also contains some case studies and highlights the community and economic benefits of reducing methane emissions.

  • Colombian Waste Sector Methane Analysis (1 FILE)

    Colombia has seen significant progress in upgrading its waste management system in recent decades. The country has high collection rates, sends most waste to engineered disposal sites, and has developed a sustainable funding mechanism through its waste tariff. Now, Colombia has the opportunity to build on these successes by reducing the climate impacts of its waste management system. With municipal waste generation of more than 14 million metric tons in 2021 and methane emissions from solid waste disposal of more than 380,000 metric tons, there is significant mitigation potential. This report assesses waste management in Colombia, with a focus on solutions that are known to improve waste management practices and abate methane from this critical sector.

  • Prefeasibility Study: Organic Waste Treatment System for the Bazurto Market in Cartagena, Colombia (2 FILEs)

    In Collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Cartagena, this report includes the results of a prefeasibility study aimed at evaluating the viability of a comprehensive organic waste treatment system in Cartagena’s Bazurto market. The study delves into the financial long-term viability of an anaerobic digestor and evaluates impacts of financing schemes, waste tariffs, and capital expense discounts, as well as identifying a pathway for the implementation of the recommended waste treatment system. This study demonstrates that treating market organic waste via anaerobic digestion is a viable option and would improve overall waste management for the municipality. Furthermore, other benefits to this project include a longer landfill lifetime, reduction of energy costs for market venders, and mitigate 466 metric tons of CO2e per year.

  • Quantification and Characterization of Waste Disposed at the San Mateo Sanitary Landfill in the municipality of Naucalpan de Juárez, State of Mexico (2 Files)

    This report includes results of a waste characterization study conducted in collaboration with the municipality of Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico, in May 2023. The study contributes new insights into the landfill’s composition of MSW and identifies trends in waste composition relative to 2017 study conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency. This initiative is part of an effort to update data needed to support decision-making on proposed organic waste treatment technologies in Naucalpan. (Full report in Spanish; summary for decision makers in English.)

  • Development of a Pilot Study for Waste Characterization in the Municipality of Cayambe, Ecuador (2 Files)

    This report includes results of a waste characterization study conducted in collaboration with Ecuador’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Ecological Transition (MAATE) in the municipality of Cayambe in July, 2023. The methodology, developed by MAATE’s Soid Waste Management and Inclusive Circular Economy Project (GRECI in Spanish) and piloted in this study, is expected to inform a national guide on waste characterization to be published by MAATE. (Full report in Spanish; summary for decision makers in English,)

  • Development of a Pilot Study for Waste Characterization in the Municipality of Puerto López, Ecuador (2 Files)

    This report includes results of a waste characterization study conducted in collaboration with Ecuador’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Ecological Transition (MAATE) in the municipality of Puerto López in August, 2023. The methodology, developed by MAATE’s Soid Waste Management and Inclusive Circular Economy Project (GRECI in Spanish) and piloted in this study, is expected to inform a national guide on waste characterization to be published by MAATE. (Full report in Spanish; summary for decision makers in English.)

  • Considerations for the Treatment of Organic Waste from Lafenwa Market, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria (1 File)

    In collaboration with Ogun State Waste Management Authority, this memo summarizes the insights from a scoping study to evaluate treatment options for food waste in Lafenwa market, a major food and vegetable market in Abeokuta, the capital city of Ogun State located in Southwest Nigeria. The document provides recommendations for piloting a source separation of organics program at Lafenwa market and composting the segregated waste.

  • Recommendations for Operational Improvements at Oke-Saje Dumpsite in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria (1 File)

    In collaboration with Ogun State Waste Management Authority, this document summarizes existing conditions and operations at Oke-Saje dumpsite in Abeokuta, the capital city of Ogun State located in Southwest Nigeria and offers near-term and long-term recommendations for operational improvements to promote the health and safety of the local community and reduce adverse environmental and climate impacts such as water ponding, slope stability, odor, fires, and methane emissions.