Improvement of basic sanitation including solid waste management is an urgent need in urban fringe areas of developing countries. R&D of non-conventional solid waste management systems for these areas has been carried out in large Latin American cities because the conventional door-to-door collection technology is not applicable for technical, economic and sociocultural reasons. The R&D has made clear the basic concepts and procedures for the improvement of solid waste management in urban fringe areas. Due to the rapid transition of these areas in quantitative and qualitative terms, the necessity of further active discussions on this theme based on practice is concluded.

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