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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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Ratnapura, Sri Lanka

Ratnapura is a medium-sized town in south-central Sri Lanka, with an economy built around the gemstone trade and, increasingly, tourism. Rice, fruit, tea and rubber plantations surround the town and generate important revenues for the municipality. The town, however, suffers from growing traffic congestion, environmental pollution, flooding, landslides and unregulated urban growth.

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