The Atlas Waste Partnership, which brings together different international entities in the study and analysis of waste management such as environment and D-Waste, ISWA, University of Leeds, WtERT, and SWAPI- Sweep-Net, is a ambitious initiative that aims to provide a world map as realistic as possible to reflect the greater amount of data on the management of municipal solid waste across the planet, so they can be analyzed and compared by industry professionals throughout the world.

Now, Waste Atlas just released its second annual report in which data from the 50 largest landfills in the world are collected. The vast majority of them are in Africa (18) and Asia (17), followed by Latin America and the Caribbean (13 in total). But Europe also appears on the list, with two huge landfills in Ukraine and Serbia.

One of the features is that Atlas Waste is made from voluntary contributions of technicians and scientists from different countries and the use of public data. In fact, accepts input from anyone interested in improving and completing the map, but all data are previously verified by experts to avoid errors, inconsistencies ...

The data sent by these volunteers have allowed this listing of large active landfills and reveal the socioeconomic and environmental impacts they cause, which as you can imagine, they are important, and considering that most of them (42) are a less than 2 km from large urban areas.

This second report Atlas Waste reflected these 50 active landfills affecting the daily lives of 64 million people-one similar to that of France living in a radius not exceeding 10 km population; the total volume of waste that is home to between 600 and 800 million cubic meters among 200 and 300 times the volume of the Great Pyramid of Giza-, and their combined area is 2,175 acres-six times the New York Central Park .

These are 50 landfills each year 21.5 million tons of waste, and is currently estimated that the total amount of waste that is in them is between 258 and 368 million tonnes.

More than 52,500 informal recyclers and make your life work around these giant landfills. In many cases, their houses are next to, or even inside.

To top off the disaster, 44 of these 50 landfills are close to natural resources and systems (less than 10 km away), including rivers and lakes, which are known to be concerned. In 24 esllos has also observed the presence of hazardous wastes, and in 7, specifically, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

The full list of these 50 "monstrous" landfill is:


Agbogbloshie (Ghana)
Arlington (South Africa)
Awotan (Apete) (Nigeria)
Dandora (Kenya)
Doumanzana (Mali)
Eneka (Nigeria)
Epe (Nigeria)
Granville Brook (Kissy) (Sierra Leone)
Hulene (Mozambique)
Kibarani (Kenya)
Lagoon (South Sudan)
Lapite (Nigeria)
Luipaardsvlei (South Africa)
Mbeubeuss (Senegal)
New England Road (South Africa)
Olushosun (Nigeria)
Pugu Kinyamwezi (Tanzania)
Solous 2 (Nigeria)

Al Akaider (Jordan)
Al-Husaineyat (Jordan)
Bantar Gebang (Jakarta)
Bishkek (BADS) (Kyrgyzstan)
Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (India)
Deir al Balah (Gaza Strip)
Deonar (India)
Ghazipur (India)
Htain Bin (Burma)
Htwei Chaung (Burma)
Jam Chakro (Surjani site) (Pakistan)
Johr to Deek (Gaza Strip)
Mehmood Booti (Pakistan)
Payatas (Philippines)
Sofa (Rafah) (Gaza Strip)
Suwung (Indonesia)
Tiba (East Timor)

Bariloche (Argentina)
Cancharani (Peru)
The Miracle (Peru)
Estrutural (Brazil)
Jaquira (Haquira) (Peru)
K'ara K'ara (Bolivia)
Quebrada Honda (Peru)
Reque (Peru)
El Trebol (Guatemala)
The Chureca (Nicaragua)
The Duchess (Dominican Republic))
Tegucigalpa (Honduras)
Trutier (Haiti)

Alushta (Ukraine)
Vinca (Serbia)