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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.

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Creating an enabling environment for scaling up and replication

A well-managed waste-to-resource facility is one that is sustainable. Such facilities can be scaled up (their processing capacity can be increased) or they can be replicated (new facilities built in other parts of the city or country). Scaling up and replication are the outcome of successful pilot projects and should be the ultimate goal of waste-to-resource initiatives. This section explores how scaling up and replication can function and also addresses common challenges. It offers lessons on viable platforms for replication, including at the local and national levels, and discusses the national and local policy environment most conducive to replication.

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