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The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional organization that provides training, information, and networking opportunities to thousands of environmental professionals in 65 countries.

The Basel Convention. The purpose of the Basel Convention is to set up and aid in the implementation of a framework for controlling the “trans-boundary” movements of hazardous wastes, that is, the movement of hazardous wastes across international frontiers.

CEPIS. The Pan American Center for Sanitary Engineering and Environmental Sciences, CEPIS, is the specialized center for environmental technology of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). CEPIS has a virtual library on environmental health that includes topics such as Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste and more. Information and references are available in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management is a professional body for waste and resource management. Their focus is on professionalism and information, based on sound science and training.

European Federation of Waste Management and Environment Services (FEAD) members are committed to finding the best waste management solutions throughout Europe, taking into account local needs. In this spirit, open dialogue with all stakeholders offers the opportunity to find balanced and acceptable environmental solutions.

Green Productivity - An Approach to Sustainable Development; industrial and agricultural life-cycle production for waste minimization and recycling.

The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit association dedicate to solid waste management world-wide. Responsible for exchanging information and experience on all aspects of solid waste management issues, ISWA provides a list events and conferences in addition to other services.

National Solid Wastes Management Association. The "voice of the private waste services industry"; gives a private sector perspective.

The Solid Waste Association of North America. The SWANA home page contains comprehensive information on resources and events taking place on municipal solid waste management. The organization also includes an electronic computer based information and assistance service. SWITCH, the electronic service, provides assistance to government agencies, industry, and other interested parties and contains close to 7000 publications and an electronic bulletin.

Solid Market place for industry professionals; new and used products.

US EPA Office of Municipal Solid Waste. The US Environmental Protection Agency site is a comprehensive home page dealing with several issues concerning municipal solid waste management. A list of EPA-sponsored programs, disposal techniques, and other general information is available.

US EPA Office of Solid Waste. The US Environmental Protection Agency site is a comprehensive home page that covers all aspects of waste management -- from storage and disposal to treatment. A list of publications, US laws and regulations, and general information services are included for internet visitors.

WASTE is a non-profit organization for development projects in countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. WASTE works for organizations that aim at a sustainable improvement of the living conditions of the urban low-income population and of the urban environment in general.

Waste Age. Monthly magazine and products.

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 Solid Waste Strategic Planning

Cities of Change is a network of municipalities for Central and Eastern Europe, supported by the World Bank.

Mediterranean Environmental Technical Assistance Program assisted by the World Bank.

Waste Management in Islands.

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US EPA's Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) - The US Environmental Protection Agency's LMOP project site has lots of information about renewable energy, national and international projects, and partnerships.

US EPA Reports on Waste Management and Greenhouse Gases.

United Nations Environment Programme. “International Sourcebook on Environmentally Sound Technologies (ESTs) for Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM).” Technical Publication No. 6.UNEP/DTIE/IETC. November 1996.

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 Community Initiatives

Association for Organics Recycling (formerly known as The Composting Association) is the United Kingdom’s not for profit membership organization, promoting the sustainable management of biodegradable resources. It actively promotes the use of biological treatment techniques and encourages good management practices throughout the industry. Here you will find compost-related books and events.

The Global Development Research Center (GDRC) is a virtual organization that carries out initiatives in education, research and practice, in the spheres of environment, urban, community, economy and information, and at scales that are effective. The site has an Urban Environmental Management page and an Urban Waste Management page, as well.

How To is a not for profit web site designed to be a hub for all composting information. No matter what your interest is, you'll find something here worth you time to build the skills for you and your community. You will find articles and links covering all topics about composting and organic gardening.

Recyclezone is a website for schools, children and teachers that tells you what's what in the world of waste.

RESOL ENGENHARIA LTDA - "Everything you always wanted to know about waste management and never knew where to find," Web-Resol is a non-profit organization, dedicated to the dissemination of information related to the environment, sanitation and, more specifically, solid waste management. Website contents are available in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

Waste Watch is the leading national organization promoting and encouraging action on the 3Rs - waste reduction, reuse and recycling. They work with community organizations, local and national government encouraging the environmental benefits of waste minimization and recycling. They also highlight the positive impact on the economy and wider society.

The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) is an international partnership of the world's leading development agencies concerned with improving sector policies, practices and capacities to serve poor people. Their goal is to alleviate poverty by helping the poor gain sustained access to water and sanitation services.

The National Household Hazardous Waste Forum is a stakeholder-led initiative to seek practical solutions to the many problems associated with the management of household hazardous waste (HHW) and its packaging, including collection, recycling and safe disposal of HHW.

World Bank’s site on Participation and Civic Engagement. The Participation and Civic Engagement Group promotes methods and approaches that encourage stakeholders, especially the poor, to influence and share control over priority setting, policy making, resource allocations and access to public goods and services.

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 Occupational Health of Workers

International Labour Organization has an International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre (CIS). The CIS collects and disseminates information on the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases. It is assisted in its work by more than 120 national institutions around the world (its National and Collaborating Centres) dealing with occupational safety and health in their own countries.

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 Economic Instruments

The Carbon Disclosure Project is a special UK government funded project for the sole purpose of providing a coordinating secretariat for a group of institutional investors. This group has written to the 500 largest companies in the world asking for the disclosure of investment-relevant information concerning their greenhouse gas emissions. The 2002 CDP report is available in both English and Japanese.

Carbon Finance. The World Bank's carbon finance initiatives are part of the larger global effort to combat climate change, and go hand in hand with the Bank's mission to reduce poverty and improve living standards in the developing world; PIN application for carbon financing.

The Prototype Carbon Fund is part of a public and private partnership to combat climate change. Their mission is to pioneer the market for project-based greenhouse gas emission reductions within the framework of the Kyoto Protocol and to contribute to sustainable development.

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