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.



Matale, Sri Lanka

Matale is a medium-sized town in central Sri Lanka, with an annual population growth rate of 1.5 per cent in 2015. The city is surrounded by large plantations and is famous for its spice gardens. In addition to agriculture, the city’s main economic activities include tourism and trade. Population growth, urban expansion and economic development in Matale have created regulatory and management challenges. The city’s development plan tends to be partially implemented, in part due to limited technical capacity among government officers.


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