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.



Improving awareness and changing behaviour

Awareness raising, information sharing, capacity development and community engagement are essential for the wider social, political and economic changes required for waste-to-resource initiatives to succeed. This work, which broadly seeks to restructure the relationship that different stakeholders have with waste, is greatly facilitated through good partnerships with these stakeholders. The lessons highlighted in this section revolve around the need for sustained effort for real change and the types of change required and how to achieve them in a sustainable way. The section also presents some strategies and good practices for engaging with stakeholders on awareness raising and behaviour change.


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