Waste, rubbish, trash, junk, garbage… you name it! Growing cities in many parts of the world face serious problems from increasing generation of waste. If not well managed, it can be an environmental and health problem, but also an economic loss.
In this blog post, we share the experiences of the Decentralisation and Local Development Programme (dldp) in Albania that tried to improve the integrated waste management system. The overall aim was better (quality, accessible and affordable) services for citizens. The project approached the problem from local, regional and national levels. At the local level, it supported enhancing awareness and capacity building in integrated waste management. It also shared innovative local government practices at the national level for prioritisation of actions and policies for the waste sector (e.g. defining cost and tariff principles, providing data and organising trainings for planning local waste management).