Valuing Waste, Transforming Cities

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‘Valuing Waste, Transforming Cities’ provides guidance, lessons and recommendations on how to accomplish the paradigm shift from viewing waste as a problem to a valuable resource. It explores a low-cost, low-technology, community-based and decentralized waste-to-resource model called the ‘integrated resource recovery centre’. The publication articulates key lessons learned by ESCAP and its partners in establishing integrated resource recovery centres across cities in Asia and the Pacific since 2009. These lessons are grouped around four important areas for waste-to-resource initiatives: (i) partnerships; (ii) awareness raising and behaviour change; (iii) facilities management and operational performance; and (iv) replication and scaling up.



Introduction (Part 2)

Part I highlighted the challenges and opportunities for improving solid waste management in developing countries in the Asia and Pacific region and the benefits of waste-to-resource initiatives. It also introduced the integrated resource recovery centre model developed by Waste Concern and promoted by ESCAP across the region. Part II presents the lessons learned from that ESCAP programme along with policy recommendations for the continued promotion of pro-poor and sustainable waste-to-resource initiatives in developing countries, particularly for secondary cities and small towns.


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