As an answer to the growing challenges of waste management, UN-Habitat launched its Waste Wise Cities Campaign. This event will introduce the Campaign and then focus on one of its four pillars: Data & Monitoring. SDG indicator 11.6.1, “percentage of municipal solid waste collected and managed in controlled facilities out of total municipal solid waste generated in the city”, can be applied as an innovative tool to diagnose the status of a city’s waste management system. The Waste Wise Cities Tool will be showcased during the session and participants will experience how to use this toolkit through participatory group work using a small-scale case study. A complementary approach will be presented by FOCUS Pty Ltd with reference to some regional case studies for channeling waste streams into usable products using innovative small to medium scale technologies. This requires assessing not only waste streams but also local demand and pricing for electricity, transport fuels, compost and smart biocarbons within a business planning model. There will be an opportunity to apply this framework within a hypothetical scenario as a workshop exercise. The results of the group work exercises will be discussed in the plenum, as well as the application of the presented tools for sustainable waste management planning.