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.



Executive summary

A waste crisis is emerging in the Asia–Pacific region, stoked by escalating quantities of waste, on the one hand, and poor regulation and management, on the other. Urban populations and economies are expanding, and with increasing numbers of people earning and spending more, consumption and waste are rising. The World Bank estimates that the generation of waste per day in the Asia–Pacific region will more than double, from 1 million tonnes in 2012 to around 2.5 million tonnes, by 2025. Such rates of waste generation are difficult to manage, and in countries where regulation is already weak, this challenge is a serious one. This is particularly the case in towns and cities in low- and middle-income countries, which tend to lack know-how, resources and economies of scale for safely handling waste.


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