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Virtual Technical Deep Dive: Solid Waste Management and Circular Economy

October 18-22, 2021

Tokyo, Japan

  • The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) organized a virtual Technical Deep Dive (TDD) on Solid Waste Management (SWM) and Circular Economy from October 18 to 22, 2021.

    Municipal solid waste management is one of the most expensive budget items in the balance sheets of many local authorities. Many city governments across the world spend a lot of money and are yet struggling to keep their cities clean. COVID-19 has further exacerbated the financial and technical capacities of the local authorities to manage their waste efficiently.

    With this background, TDLC organized SWM TDD focusing on resource-efficient, regenerative, and sustainable waste management promoting circular economy. Focus of the TDD was also on the financial aspects of municipal waste management, including funding mechanisms and innovative financial schemes. The TDD showcased examples from Japan and other developed countries on what approaches are they adopting to achieve the objectives of circular economy. Case studies supporting resilient waste management techniques and experiences in the light of the global pandemic were also shared. The event served as a platform for countries facing similar urban development challenges to find appropriate solutions by learning from their global peers.

  • Day 1

    • Welcome & TDD Objectives
    • Framing Presentation
    • Introduction to Action Planning & TDLC Operational Support
    • Shift & Share: Client Challenge Presentations

    Day 2

    Theme: Planning and Financing SWM Services

    • Thematic Presentation 1: Financing SWM
    • Japan Case Study 1: Policies and Financing Mechanisms for Solid Waste Management and Circular Economy programs in Japan
    • Thematic Presentation 2: Financing for sustainability—a deeper look
    • International Case 1: Working with the private sector—experience from Belgrade Waste to Energy (WtE) and sanitary landfill rehabilitation or alternative case, tbc

    Day 3

    Theme: Waste Processes and Treatment

    • Thematic Presentation 3: Integrating the informal sector and the role of social enterprises
    • Thematic Presentation 4: Waste segregation and recycling
    • Japan Case Study 2: Solid Waste Management and Circular Economy initiatives in Kitakyushu
    • Thematic Presentation 5: Conversion technologies

    Day 4

    Theme: Circular Economy and Waste Management

    • Thematic Presentation 6: Circular economy and waste management
    • Thematic Presentation 7: Policy Instruments to advance the SWM agenda and move towards a circular economy
    • Japan Case 3: Solid Waste Management and Circular Economy initiatives in Yokohama
    • International Case 2: Extended producer responsibility in an EU country

    Day 5

    • Action Plan Presentations
    • Next Steps
    •  Closing Remarks

    *Key agenda items only.