It was reported today that the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) is pushing to have garbage-disposal issues addressed at the United Nations “COP 15” talks, which began earlier this week.

Poor garbage-disposal, especially in developing countries, greatly increase carbon dioxide levels in the Earth’s atmosphere, and therefore are relevant to climate change.

ISWA President Atilio A. Savino said that underdeveloped countries lack suitable strategies for their waste disposal.  Statistics compiled by ISWA indicate that in countries such as China, Mexico and South Africa, over half of household trash is disposed in illegal dumping sites.