Sustainable Development Benefits of Integrated Waste Management
ESCAP, with technical support from Waste Concern, has assisted local governments in member States to establish and operate Integrated Resource Recovery Centers (IRRCs). ESCAP established IRRCs in 2007, one in Quy Nhon City in Viet Nam and another in Matale City in Sri Lanka. From 2009, ESCAP enhanced the regional implementation of IRRCs under its project on “Pro-poor and Sustainable Solid Waste Management in Secondary Cities and Small Towns in Asia-Pacific” which was funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Through this project, ESCAP has provided financial support and technical capacity building assistance for the IRRC implementation in seven cities, and advised the local governments on policies and regulations to support sustainable municipal solid waste management.
This publication shares the key lessons from a decade of IRRC implementation to improve municipal solid waste management, and explains how the contributions of IRRCs can support the implementation of important global and regional agendas for sustainable development: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; the New Urban Agenda; the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; the Regional Road Map for the 2030 Agenda in the Asia-Pacific region; and the Ministerial Declaration on Environment and Development in the Asia-Pacific region. The publication also provides policy recommendations for promoting sustainable municipal solid waste management in secondary cities and small towns in the Asia-Pacific region.