Landfill is the oldest and the most widely practised method of disposing of solid waste. Properly constructed and operated landfill sites offer a completely safe disposal route for municipal solid wastes, typically at the lowest cost compared to other disposal options. It is not necessary on health or environmental grounds to invest in other disposal methods if suitable sites are available for landfills. Uncontrolled dumping of waste, which does not protect the local environment, however, should be replaced as soon as possible with controlled sanitary landfilling or other treatment and disposal methods. Most alternative waste treatment and disposal options, such as recycling or incineration, rely on landfill for the disposal of wastes that are unsuited to the process, as well as for the process residues. Some landfill capacity is therefore indispensable for every region, and will continue to be necessary in the foreseeable future, despite any technological advances which may be made.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.