Latin America and the Caribbean

Developing Integrated Solid Waste Management Plans to Advance Circular Economies

In providing the essential service of waste management to their communities, local governments confront considerable challenges: competing priority issues (i.e., education and health); limited financial resources; growing populations and waste that are outpacing existing infrastructure; and a lack of long-term, data-driven, and goal-oriented approaches to strategically guide their waste management systems. Read More

USAID Donates Essential Equipment for Waste Management in Samaná

Cross posted from El Nuevo Diario EL NUEVO DIARIO, SAMANÁ – The Government of the United States through the Clean Cities, Blue Ocean program of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) delivered essential equipment and resources for waste management, for a value of more than RD$ 5.9 million… Read More

Rapid Appraisal Facility Tool

The Rapid Appraisal Facility Tool (RAFT) is a form-based tool that provides solid waste management staff and planners a quick and efficient way to collect key data about a city’s current solid waste and recycling systems, including its individual disposal and processing facilities, to inform solid waste management planning and… Read More

Creating Economies of Scale for Plastics Recycling

Alarming levels of plastic are produced every day, much of which makes its way into the environment and our ocean. Of the seven billion metric tons of plastic waste generated globally to date, less than 10 percent has been recycled. For the world to succeed in stopping plastic waste from flowing into our oceans and damaging the environment, much higher volumes need to be collected and recycled at the source: on land. Read More

Announcing the Winners of the 2023 Urbanlinks Photo Contest!

We are excited to announce the winners of the inaugural Urbanlinks 2023 Photo Contest! Over 80 submissions representing 12 countries were submitted to the contest. Submissions to the four themes of Air Quality, Climate, Ocean Plastics, and Urban Communities highlight the work that USAID engages in with local partners, alongside… Read More

Request for Full Application (RFA): “Oceans Plastics-Solid Waste Management” Program

The Regional Office of Acquisition and Assistance (ROAA) is pleased to announce the posting of the Request for Full Application (RFA) no. 72051723RFA00006 for the “Oceans Plastics-Solid Waste Management” program. The due date for applications submissions, under this RFA is September 18, 2023.  Questions regarding this RFA must be submitted in writing, via email, to Mercedes Calderón, at … Read More

USAID Donates Vehicles to the Municipality of Máncora

Cross posted from the Government of Peru  In an effort to reduce pollution, USAID’s Clean Cities, Blue Ocean program, donated a truck and three motorcycle vans to the District Municipality of Máncora. This donation aims to strengthen and support the Municipal Program MÁNCORA RECICLA, to promote recycling in homes… Read More