Waste management play a key role in SDG 2030 Agenda, especially in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), for responsible consumption and production (SDG 12) and for life below water (SDG 14):
By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management.
By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimise their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.
By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution.
Developing fully-functional waste management systems and a circular economy contributes positively to achieving other goals, too, for example those for health (SDG 3), decent work (SDG 8) and climate action (SDG 13).