Issue Brief on “Pakistan’s Waste Management Problem”

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Overview

Increasing pollution leading to environmental changes and economic cost related to waste in terms of health hazards and negative impact on infrastructure have changed the way authorities view waste management. Though waste management is a relatively new phenomenon, it has caught the attention of governments all over the globe. Today the term waste management covers collecting, sorting, processing, recycling, and reusing materials that would otherwise be considered as useless. It has moved from just being an environmental protection strategy to be an industry contributing to the economy. In Pakistan, sources of waste include households, commercial areas, institutions, construction and demolition sites, industrial areas, and agricultural disposals.[1]

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