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.



Islamabad, Pakistan

Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan, where national government, diplomatic services and a growing communications and information technologies sector are concentrated. The city is a planned capital, with its design and construction largely dating to the early 1960s. However, while providing a sound base, the city’s master plan has been only partially implemented; the city suffers from unregulated development, a lack of appropriate housing, traffic congestion and detrimental solid waste and environmental issues.


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