Plan B Project FInal Defense - Jessica Vega - Aug 22

Date: August 22, 2016
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Natural Resources RM 130

Municipal Solid Waste Management in Peru: A Success Story Amidst a

Growing Pile of Problems

Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI): Project Final Defense


Jessica Vega

Monday, August 22, 2016

Time: 10 a.m.

Room 130, Natural Resources Building 


Around the world, developing countries are facing the ever-increasing challenge of how to deal with accumulation of solid waste. Household waste that has been improperly disposed of into public areas contaminates the soil and water sources and becomes a serious health hazard to local populations. Faced with these issues, developing countries are moving towards municipal solid waste management programs that utilize recollection of waste and disposal into a sanitary landfill. Challenges remain for many municipalities that are limited by funding among other factors. This Plan-B Master’s project first reviews the current literature on municipal solid waste management in developing countries. It then delves into the experience of working on a solid waste management project with one such municipality as a Peace Corps volunteer in the town of Tunan Marca, Peru. Finally, this project reviews the lessons learned through that experience combined with a post hoc analysis of current literature providing suggestions for further investigation as well as procedures for solid waste management practitioners or volunteers who wish to work with and support local municipal authorities in developing their own municipal solid waste management program.

Committee Members:

  • Dr. Michael Kaplowitz, Chairperson
  • Dr. John Kerr