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.



Managing facilities and improving operations

Facilities management and operational performance are critical components of any waste-to-resource initiative that aspires to long-term sustainability. Without sound management, the facility will fail. This section features a range of lessons on management and good business practices, such as correct business planning, human resource management and performance monitoring. It advocates for the establishment of key performance indicators to allow facility managers to better understand operations and the best use of resources. The section also explores some of the common challenges related to the financial management of facilities and provides a range of strategies for improving financial sustainability.


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