Increasing population levels, booming economy, rapid urbanization and the rise in community living standards have greatly accelerated the municipal solid waste generation rate (Minghua et al., 2009). Managing solid waste has been one of the biggest challenges in urban areas; from big cities to small towns to villages, management of solid waste poses a difficult problem. It is however strange that it receives little attention when compared to other major urban challenges. With the significant increase in solid waste management in urban cities, solid waste management is one of the main issues that need to be tackled immediately.
“Sustainability” is probably one of the most frequently used terms during the last few years. At every UN Conference, every High Level meeting, every panel discussion, at some point someone talks about sustainability. When people hear that word, they tend to think “Oh no, not again”, thereby implying “There has already been so much talk about it that I don’t need to deal with it any more.“ But instead of thinking “oh no, come on“, we should say “NOW, come on!”