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Cities and towns, particularly in developing countries, send excessive volumes of waste to dumpsites and landfill every year. Resources which are lost to the local economy. Sustainable waste management is increasingly regarded as an opportunity to unlock new livelihoods and job opportunities; promote social inclusion; and upgrade the quality of existing jobs of both women and men. Achieving many of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals requires improved waste management. This requires that the jobs in waste prevention, reuse, recycling and recovery are decent jobs.

This course provides an exciting opportunity to join the conversation and tap together into the potential for decent work promotion and green business development across the waste hierarchy, with a focus on waste collection; reuse, refurbishment and remanufacturing; sorting and recycling; as well as reduction at source.