"National Training on Solid Waste Management: Composting and Waste Segregation"


Solid waste has been identified as one of the core issues in urban environmental management. The changing consumption patterns, rising quality of life and population growth have seen to create negative impacts on both local and global environmental scale. There have been concerns regarding the effective management of the waste particularly collection, segregation of waste, transport, disposal, however, authorities particularly those in local governments are bounded within their limited capacities to overcome these waste challenges.

While waste problems have clearly manifested unintended impacts, however waste problems too have opened the window for local governments to find opportunities for economic and social improvements through local actions. Through the participation of communities and private sectors, these local actions explored innovative technologies, behavioral changes and other approaches in managing solid waste and have been proven beneficial not only to the environment but also to socio-economic conditions of the people. These have been amply demonstrated by good practices from many cities in Asia Pacific region.

Since its inception in year 2000, the Kitakyushu Initiative for a Clean Environment has actively promoted replication of successful policies and local initiatives on urban environmental management. The recent addition to its list of demonstration project is Bago City’s project on “Solid Waste Management as a Social Enterprise: A Community-based 3R Approaches in Bago City, Philippines”. The project showcases household composting, waste segregation (waste banking) and environmental education in communities and schools. These activities are designed after the successful practices of Surabaya, Indonesia and Nonthaburi, Thailand and are expected to open income and livelihood opportunities, cultivate environmental consciousness and improve environmental condition of the city.


Takakura Home Method

Takakura home method is a set of composting methodologies developed in Surabaya, Indonesia. It uses native microorganisms (NM) for composting which is cultured and fermented from locally available materials such as fresh fruits and
vegetable peels, yoghurt, tempe, brown sugar, rice bran and rice husks.

This method is characterized by simple technology and low-energy requiring only the use of shredder to prepare the organic wastes.

It can be applied on household level (Takakura Home Method) by using baskets and can also be applied for composting market wastes.


The main objective of this training is to introduce composting and waste segregation as an avenue to waste management and livelihood development. Specifically it aims to:

  • Introduce in-depth concepts of composting methods and waste segregation;
  • Hands-on demonstration of compost methods, particularly Takakura-home method;
  • Present the potential of composting towards economic and social improvements;
  • To present successful practices on composting and waste segregation.

Date & Venue

Date: 19-20 May, 2008 Bago City, Bacolod City and Cebu City, Philippines


Participants include solid waste management practitioners from local governments.


The workshop wass organised by the Kitakyushu Initiative Network Secretariat – Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission in Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the City Government of Bago.


Documents File
Final Report 10,034KB.pdf

If you would like a copy of the documents, please contact the Kitakyushu Initiative Network Secretariat.

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Environment Section
Environment and Sustainable Development Division
United Nations Building, Rajdamnern Avenue
Bangkok 10200 Thailand
Email: escap-esdd-evs@un.org

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

Kitakyushu Initiative Network Secretariat
3-9-30 Asano, Kokurakita-ku
Kitakyushu City 802-0001 Japan
Email: kitakyushu-initiative@iges.or.jp