Moving Up the Recycling Value Chain

In the Philippines, both formal and informal private sector actors manage the recycling value chain. Small recycling centers called junk shops play a critical role in this chain by purchasing recyclables from independent waste collectors and then reselling to larger materials processing facilities. Junk shop ownership is a key… Read More

Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project

With wealth concentrated in Metro Manila and a few other primary cities, secondary and tertiary cities must elevate their role in supportingspreading economic development. The USAID Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) project was a five-year, $47.8 million project, which fostered the development of conditions for broad-based, inclusive… Read More

Municipal Waste Recycling Program

Providing grants and technical assistance for promising solid waste management and waste recycling efforts in urban and peri-urban areas With rapid global population growth and urbanization, municipal waste generation is expected to rise to 2.2 billion tons per year by 2025 according to the World Bank. Much of this waste… Read More

Clean Cities, Blue Ocean

While CCBO is global in scope, the program will build on previous USAID recycling programs such as the Municipal Waste Recycling Program through an initial focus on key countries in Asia and Latin America. Read More

Door-to-Door Entrepreneurs

Navotas City, a large coastal city in the Philippines, generates about 80 tons of trash each day.[1] Too much of this waste ends up in Manila Bay, which is central to the city’s fishing industry. Despite these challenges, there are opportunities for job creation and economic growth in building… Read More

“Every Morning, I Teach My Neighbors”

Like many urban areas in the Philippines, Navotas City ─a large coastal city within Metro Manila─ struggles to adequately manage its high volumes of solid waste. The city is known as the ‘fishing capital’ of the Philippines and one of the largest fishing ports in Asia, making plastic accumulation particularly… Read More

MWRP: Sharing Zero Waste Model Across Southeast Asia – From Philippines to Vietnam and Indonesia

According to the Government of Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry, a significant percentage of solid waste in Indonesia is unmanaged. Only 25% of solid waste is collected by centralized service providers, but this waste is not segregated and therefore is transported as mixed waste to landfills. In Vietnam, a rapid rise in tourism in Cam Thanh commune in Hoi An and the Cham Islands has led to mounting solid waste management challenges that also require more effective handling of large and growing quantities of waste. Read More