Waste Management Databases

This is a list of online portals that provide a wide range of information on waste management in different areas. A basic description of each portal is provided (supporting organization, purpose, field and type of information provided, language) as well as a link to the portal itself. It is fully searchable by keywords.

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Australian Waste Database (AWD)

Organization Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Australia (CSIRO)
Description The Australian Waste Database (AWD) was developed by the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Waste Management & Pollution Control Ltd for the Department of the Environment in response to the need to provide a monitoring mechanism for Commonwealth and State waste minimization policies. AWD provides an overview of the waste management scenario in various regions of Australia. It provides a national solid waste and hazardous waste classification system, a guidance manual for solid waste composition studies and data on waste generation and disposal in Australia for both urban solid waste and manifested hazardous waste.
Language English
Documents provided Factsheets, manuals and guidelines

Basel Convention: Reporting Database

Organization Secretariat of the Basel Convention
Description The Basel Convention is a international treaty designed to reduce the movement of hazardous waste between countries. The objective of the Basel Convention is to protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects of hazardous wastes. Its database provides statistics and information on hazardous wastes.
Language English
Documents provided Factsheets, guidelines and statistics

Biennial Reporting System (BRS) Hazardous Waste Database

Organization The Right-To-Know Network
Description The Biennial Reporting System (BRS) database contains data on the generation, shipment, and receipt of hazardous waste in the United States. BRS contains information from the Hazardous Waste Reports that must be filed every two years under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), regulating the generation, treatment, storage, disposal, or recycling of solid and hazardous waste.
Language English
Documents provided Reports and statistics

CalRecycle: Directories and Databases

Organization California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)
Description CalRecycle is California's leading authority on recycling, waste reduction, and product reuse. It provides descriptions and links for users to access data maintained by CalRecycle on solid and eletronics waste mangement and other related topics.The State of California also maintains a site that links to databases and directories from other State agencies.
Language English
Documents provided Factsheets, data, links

Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP): Databases

Organization Regional Seas Programme
Description The Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) is one of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) administered Regional Seas Programmes. It manages a number of databases providing information on topics such as marine protected areas, species, and marine litter in the wider Caribbean area.
Language English
Documents provided Reports and statistics

Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM): Knowledge and Information

Organization Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)
Description The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), is the professional body which represents waste professionals working in the sustainable waste and resource management sectors worldwide. The objectives of CIWM are: promoting reserch, training, education and advancing the scientific and technical aspects of wastes and resource management for the safeguarding of the environment. The CIWN database includes articles, papers and news stories.
Language English
Documents provided Educational materials, news and reports

Construction Waste Management Database

Organization United States National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)
Description The Construction Waste Management Database contains information on companies that haul, collect and process recyclable debris from construction projects. Created in 2002 by GSA's Environmental Strategies and Safety Division to promote responsible waste disposal, the Database is a free online service for those seeking companies that recycle construction debris in their area.
Language English
Documents provided Professional services directory

Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Convention): Data

Organization Regional Seas Programme
Description The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Convention), under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Seas Programme, is the current legal instrument guiding international cooperation on the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic. It has produced a number of publications and data sets regarding the regional marine environment, including the area of marine litter.
Language English
Documents provided Reports and statistics

Database on Transboundary Movement of Wastes Destined for Recovery Operations

Organization Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Description The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development is an international economic organization founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress. The interactive database aims at facilitating the paperwork of all parties involved in transboundary movements of wastes by providing the necessary information to complete the forms. The database includes practical information and specific requirements or provisions for each country.
Language English
Documents provided Information on legislation

ECOLEX Environmental Law

Organization Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Description ECOLEX is a database providing the most comprehensive, global source of information on environmental law. It is operated jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Language English, French, Spanish
Documents provided Information on legislation

Economic Instruments Database

Organization Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Description This database contains information on environmentally related taxes, fees and charges, tradable permit systems, deposit refund systems, environmentally motivated subsidies and voluntary approaches used in environmental policy (including waste management) in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries, OECD accession countries, European Environment Agency (EEA) member countries and countries otherwise co-operating with EEA, not being members of OECD.
Language English
Documents provided Information on legislation and policies

Electronics Recycling Directory: Listings ON HOLD

Organization Electronics Recycling Directory
Description Electronics Recycling Directory leads you to anyone and everyone connected to the electronics recycling industry. With over 5000 listings, the Directory helps you find new customers, suppliers and service providers.
Language English
Documents provided Professional services directory

Environment Agency: Waste

Organization Environment Agency (United Kingdom)
Description The Environment Agency is an Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and a Welsh Government Sponsored Body responsible to the Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, serving England and Wales. The waste database introduces how waste is managed and the processes that support the organization's work.
Language English
Documents provided Factsheets and information on legislation

European Commission Directorate General Environment: Studies on waste

Organization European Commission DG Environment
Description Comprehensive and updated list of studies conducted by the European Commission in the field of waste management.
Language English
Documents provided Reports, Studies, Press releases

European Environment Agency (EEA): Data Services Overview

Organization European Environment Agency (EEA) of the European Union
Description The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union providing sound, independent information on the environment. Its data services provides and overview of different datasets, maps, interactive maps, indicators and graphs on waste and material resources.
Language English
Documents provided Maps, graphs and factsheets

European Environment Report: State and Outlook 2010

Organization European Environment Agency (EEA) of the European Union
Description SOER 2010 provides a set of assessments of the current state of Europe's environment, its likely future state, what is being done and what could be done to improve it, how global megatrends might affect future trends… and more. Country Assessments: SOER 2010 includes a set of assessments of the environment in 38 individual European countries, searchable by country and including country profiles, assessments of common environmental themes (among which waste), etc.
Language English; the report is available in 25 European languages
Documents provided Full and Synthesis Report; Statistics; Thematic assessments; Country assessments;

European Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)

Organization European Environment Information and Observation Network
Description The European Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) is a consortium of eight specialist partner organisations from environmental authorities and research communities in Europe, providing reliable and comparable data and information on SCP, resource and waste management in Europe to decision-makers and the public. The given link is a database of fact and figures both national and national on the above topics.
Language English
Documents provided Factsheets and statistics

Eurostat - Environmental Data Centre on Waste

Organization European Commission
Description The Environmental Data Centre on Waste is part of EUROSTAT, the European Commission's statistics database. It produces statistics on the generation, recovery and disposal of waste in the EU.
Language English
Documents provided Statistics and reports

E-wasteguide.info

Organization Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)
Description E-wasteguide.info is a knowledge base for the sustainable recycling of e-waste. It is developed as part of the "Global Knowledge Partnerships in e-Waste Recycling" programme, initiated by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and implemented by the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa). Empa has been working on e-waste projects in Africa, Asia and Latin and South America. E-wasteguide.info provides information about case studies, news, events, a bibliography, and searchable e-waste facts and figures (e.g. quantities, composition and recycling technologies).
Language English
Documents provided Case studies, news, events, bibliography, searchable e-waste facts and figures

Global Development Research Center (GDRC): Documents and Info Sheets

Organization The Global Development Research Center (GDRC)
Description The Global Development Research Center is an independent nonprofit think tank that carries out initiatives in education and research in the spheres of environment, urban, community and information. It provides documents, info sheets, books and reports, case studies, etc. on urban waste management.
Language English
Documents provided Case studies, e-books, factsheets and reports

Global Waste Database

Organization Community-based Research Laboratory (CBRL)
Description The Community-based Research Laboratory (CBRL) hosts a group of researchers that is committed to participatory research in Canada and abroad. CBRL is developing a Global Waste Database that will contain quantitative and qualitative variables for municipal and household solid waste in major cities across the world, with a comprehensive source of information on the consequences of material consumption, waste management practices, policies, technologies and innovative solutions, as well as related socioeconomic and environmental issues.
Language English
Documents provided Guidelines and reports

Healthcare Environmental Resource Center (HERC)

Organization Healthcare Environmental Resource Center
Description Healthcare Environmental Resource Center provides pollution prevention and compliance assistance information for the healthcare sector. It is intended to be a comprehensive resource, covering all the varieties of hospital wastes, and all the rules that apply to them.
Language English
Documents provided Educational materials, factsheets, information on legislation

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES): Database and Resources

Organization Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Description The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), established under an initiative of the Japanese government in 1998, is an international research institute for realising sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The database and resources page provide links to thorough resources that allow understanding of environmental knowledge.
Language English, Japanese
Documents provided Case studies, reports and statistics

International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Knowledge Base

Organization International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)
Description ISWA – the International Solid Waste Association – is a global, independent and non-profit making association, working in the public interest to promote and develop sustainable and professional waste management worldwide. The ISWA Knowledge Base aims to provide up to date information on all aspects of waste management. It is a searchable database listing reports, training materials, weblinks, papers, books, conferences and workshops.
Language English
Documents provided Reports, training materials, weblinks, papers, books, conferences and workshops

IPLA Portal

Organization International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities
Description IPLA Portal provides a platform for “dynamic interaction” and a knowledge networking tool for IPLA members and partners. The Portal aims to help connect Local Authorities (LAs) in particular and all other stakeholders, including the private sector, to foster partnerships in expanding waste management services globally.
Language English
Documents provided events/meetings, data and resources, surveys, discussions, expression of interest. The Portal will be further developed and include best practices, case studies, policy instruments, technologies, etc

Latin American Network on Cleaner Production (CP-LatinNet)

Organization United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Description The Latin American Network on Cleaner Production aims to foster cooperation between the national cleaner production centres and programmes in the region by improving the dissemination and exchange of information and best practices. CP-LatinNet provides access to documents on cleaner production organized in thematic folders. It also lists experts and consultants.
Language Spanish, Portuguese
Documents provided Documents on cleaner production organized in thematic folders; lists of experts and consultants.

Latin American Network on Prevention and Management of Polluted Sites (RELASC)

Organization Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales de México (SEMARNAT)
Description RELASC (Red Latinoamericana de Prevencion y Gestion de Sitios Contaminados) is an initiative that brings together stakeholders interested in the issue of prevention and management of polluted sites in Latin America. The aim of the network is to improve exchange and dissemination of knowledge and information. RELASC is managed by the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales de México (SEMARNAT).
Language Spanish, Portuguese
Documents provided Scientific publications, manuals, legislative documents, presentations, events, and links

National Chemicals Management Profiles

Organization United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Description Through its National Profile Support Programme, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) provides guidance, training, and technical support to assist countries in assessing their relevant legal, institutional, administrative, and technical infrastructure.
Language English, French, Spanish
Documents provided Factsheets

National Solid Waste Management Association (NSWMA): Solid Waste Industry Information, Publications and Resources

Organization National Solid Waste Management Association (NSWMA)
Description NSWMA is a trade association representing for-profit companies in North America that provide solid, hazardous and medical waste collection, recycling and disposal services, and companies that provide professional and consulting services to the waste services industry. NSWMA promotes the management of waste in a manner that is environmentally responsible, efficient, profitable and ethical, while benefiting the public and protecting employees. NSWMA accomplishes this mission by providing members with educational and training opportunities, research, and federal and state advocacy capability. Some information sources are publicly accessible.
Language English
Documents provided Educational materials, factsheets, professional services directory

Net-Enabled Radioactive Waste Management Database (NEWMDB)

Organization International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Description The International Atomic Energy is an international organization created in 1957. It seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The NEWMDB contains information on national radioactive waste management programmes, radioactive waste inventories, radioactive waste disposal, relevant laws and regulations, waste management policies, and plans and activities.
Language English
Documents provided Factsheets, information on legislation

Pacific Environment Information Network (PEIN)

Organization Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
Description The Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is an intergovernmental organisation that promotes cooperation, supports protection and improvement of the Pacific islands environment and its sustainable development. The virtual library collection includes materials from the actual library itself and from a network of environment libraries throughout the Pacific. Many documents available in full text.
Language English
Documents provided E-books and reports

Regional Database on Marine Litter

Organization Regional Seas Programme
Description The North West Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP) has initiated a project called Marine Litter Activity (MALITA), establishing a database for marine litter-related data and information available in the region.
Language English
Documents provided Statistics

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Online Database

Organization Environmental Protection Agency (United States)
Description The RCRA Online database is designed to enable users to locate documents, including publications and other outreach materials, that cover a wide range of RCRA issues and topics.
Language English
Documents provided Data, legislation and reports

Routledge Environment and Sustainability

Organization Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Description Routledge is a global publisher of academic books, journals and online resources in the humanities and social sciences. In the Environment & Sustainability section, a variety of textbooks, professional-oriented books and more are introduced along with updated news on the most recent events taking worldwide.
Language English
Documents provided Bibliographies

Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)

Organization Solid Waste Association of North America
Description The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is a professional association in the solid waste management field. Its mission is to advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste in North America. SWANA's website contains education resources for industry professionals, a directory of solid waste industry service providers, access to the work of SWANA's research foundation, as well as career and networking information for individuals in the industry.
Language English
Documents provided Educational materials, professional services directory

Sustainable Consumption and Production Clearinghouse

Organization SCP Clearinghouse
Description The Global SCP Clearinghouse is a unique one-stop hub dedicated to advancing Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) worldwide. It offers the opportunity to share and find information on SCP around the world (initiatives, news, events, publications, etc.), build networks, identify partners, and strengthen capacities. It also serves as the information platform of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP).
Language English
Documents provided

SWEEP-Net

Organization Regional Solid Waste Exchange of Information and Expertise Network (SWEEP-Net)
Description The Regional Solid Waste Exchange of Information and Expertise Network (SWEEP-Net) is a regional network which works on institutionally anchoring the principles of a sustainable and integrated solid waste management in Mashreq and Maghreb countries. Its objective is to set up a common regional platform for technical assistance, capacity building and exchange of best practices, expertise and experiences in the field of Solid Waste Management. In early 2010, the SWEEP-Net secretariat undertook a regional assessment and gathered information on solid waste management in the MENA region. Country reports and profiles as well as a regional assessment can be found on the website. The SWEEP-Net secretariat is currently developing an online database to identify experts, projects, potential partners and to access studies, manuals, directives, legislative documents, etc, in different sub-sectors of waste management.
Language English, Arabic
Documents provided Factsheets

The Environment Directory: Recycling

Organization The Environment Directory
Description The Environment Directory, an online environment information resource, provides an extensive, organized collection of links related to recycling.
Language English
Documents provided Links, professional services directory

Tools for Environmental Analysis and Management (TEAM) Information Exchange

Organization Ecobilan
Description Ecobilan has developed a special focus on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of waste management. It has addressed waste management issues in such different industry sectors as automotive, electronics and consumer products. It has also carried out numerous studies for governmental and private bodies on the viability of different waste management strategies. TEAM is Ecobilan's Life Cycle Assessment software, allowing the user to build and use a large database and to model any system representing the operations associated with products, processes and activities.
Language English, French
Documents provided Statistics

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Data Centre

Organization United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Description The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region, established in 1947 to promote economic cooperation. The online database includes country-level data related to demography, migration, education, health, poverty, gender, employment, economy, government finance, employment, transport, and environment.
Language English
Documents provided Data and statistics

Virtual Library on Sustainable Development and Environmental Health (BVSDE)

Organization Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO)
Description The Virtual Library on Sustainable Development and Environmental Health by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) is a virtual database that comprises information about sustainable development and environmental health, in particular to meet the needs of Latin American and Caribbean countries. It contains information about legislation, bibliographical references, complete texts, courses and events, institutions, statistics, news, glossaries, educational material, academic programmes, discussion for a, etc.
Language English, Spanish, Portuguese
Documents provided Information on legislation, bibliographical references, complete texts, courses and events, institutions, statistics, news, glossaries, educational material, academic programmes, discussion forums

Waste Portal

Organization Waste with support form UNDP-PPSD and Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Description This is a website in which organisations and consultants active in waste management jointly work together to collect information on urban waste management with an emphasis on Low and Middle Income Countries. The goal of this portal is to improve waste management practices globally to ensure a cleaner environment, healthier and fairer jobs in waste management, higher recycling rates, and improved waste system performance.
Language English, French, Spanish
Documents provided Links to relevant sites, tools, events, related news and organisations.

WasteInfo

Organization ProQuest
Description WasteInfo is a comprehensive collection of references to international literature on non-nuclear waste management and associated issues. It covers the technical, policy, and economic aspects of waste management, as well as all aspects of the waste management hierarchy: minimization, recovery, recycling, treatment and disposal.
Language English
Documents provided Information on literature

Web-Resol

Organization Web-Resol
Description Web-Resol is a non profit NGO, dedicated to the dissemination of information related to the environment, sanitation and, more specifically, solid waste management. It provides free access and research within a wide range of information about solid wastes and wastes management.
Language English
Documents provided Information on events, legislation, guidelines, reports and professional services directory

World Health Organization (WHO) HealthCare Waste Management Database

Organization World Health Organization (WHO)
Description WHO healthcare waste mangement has five databases that provide relevant documents, links, technologies, country information and case studies on health care waste management
Language English
Documents provided Case studies, factsheets, guidelines and reports


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