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.



Kushtia, Bangladesh

Kushtia is a small city and capital of Kushtia District, in north-west Bangladesh. Due to fertile, flat alluvial soil in the delta of the Gorai and Kaliganga Rivers, the district is rich in rice and tobacco plantations. Kushtia city provides the market and distribution node for their crops. In addition to agriculture, education is a central economic activity for Kushtia city, with a number of universities and research and cultural institutions located there. The western railway line divides the city.


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