Database on municipal solid waste management in the Asia-Pacific Region (DaMSAR)

Database created: March 25, 2021
Last updated: February 1, 2022

1. Overview

We have compiled data on municipal solid waste (MSW) related to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indicator 11.6.1 ("Proportion of municipal solid waste collected and managed in controlled facilities out of total municipal waste generated, by cities"), and built a database on municipal solid waste management in the Asia-Pacific Region (DaMSAR). The database would be relevant for policymakers and practitioners who are involved in monitoring progress on improving MSW management. The initial set of data has been extracted from the reports (published in and after 2011) of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) projects which have been conducted in 18 countries in the Asia-Pacific Region. We plan to expand the data and country/regional coverage and update the database in future.

2. About the dataset

Data items covered by the database
  • + Proportion of MSW collected
  • + Total MSW generated
  • + Total MSW collected
  • + Population
  • + Per capita generation rate of household waste
  • + Composition of household waste
  • + Household food waste
  • + Commercial/institutional waste, waste from public spaces, etc.
  • + Quantities managed in recovery facilities
  • + Quantities managed in disposal facilities
  • + Composition of disposed waste
  • + Recyclables extracted from designated disposal sites
Note: Target area for each data item is defined by each project.
Target countries Countries in the Asia-Pacific Region excluding Japan
Countries covered by the initial version
  • + Bangladesh
  • + India
  • + Indonesia
  • + Laos
  • + Malaysia
  • + Mongolia
  • + Nepal
  • + Pakistan
  • + Sri Lanka
  • + Viet Nam
  • + Pacific Island Countries (Fiji, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu)
Number of data 454
Update history
  • [2021/03/25]Dataset created.
  • [2022/02/01]New data item "household food waste" added.

3. Description

Kosuke KAWAI
Senior Researcher
Material Cycles Division
National Institute for Environmental Studies
Release date
Data source publication year 2011/01/01 - 2019/12/31
Data provider National Institute for Environmental Studies
Version Ver.1.1
Language English

4. Terms and Conditions of Use

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5. Contact

Kosuke KAWAI
Senior Researcher
Material Cycles Division
National Institute for Environmental Studies
Email: kawai.kosuke[at]

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