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"Trash into cash" programs in Asia/Pacific promote resource recovery and local economies

The United Nations is helping cities in Asia and the Pacific to develop their solid waste management programs with an eye toward harnessing the "potential of the informal waste collection sector."

"The plan—unveiled by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and Waste Concern, a Bangladeshi NGO—seeks to help solid waste development strategies become decentralized, pro-poor, low-carbon, and self-financing through the sale of carbon credits."

IFTF implications: this win-win program of resource recovery and local economic empowerment could be implemented wherever there is a culture of informal waste collection.

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Searchlight South Asia, March 2010, page 12