Solid Waste Crisis in the West Bank

September 2021

by Alix Burgun

The occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) currently face a generalized waste crisis that has been fueled by the rapid population growth and urbanization rate of the last decades. The solid waste crisis has, however, received little attention amongst academics and governmental institutions. As such, this research aims to overcome the lack of information by investigating the existing practices of waste management since the failure of the Oslo II Accord with respect to environmental issues. The paper examines the array of social, political, and economic conditions that have participated to the worsening of the crisis despite the efforts of the Palestinian Authority pertaining to the protection of the environment. It demonstrates that the Israeli occupation has created a deadlock, aggravating already-existing detrimental effects on Palestinian environment and health.

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