Mandalay City: Outsourcing Waste Collection Services
Myanmar’s second largest city tackles the challenges of improving and privatizing waste management.
The Mandalay City Development Committee collects the waste generated by the six townships in Myanmar’s second largest city, Mandalay. Collection is notionally door-to-door, but large areas are serviced through community bins and informal dumping areas. In addition, the landfill site is in urgent need of changes to avoid generating landfill leachate.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) provided technical assistance on mainstreaming solid waste management to Mandalay and four other cities in Asia. Key assistance was a review and upgrade of municipal 10-year plans for solid waste management plus one tailored project per city. Issues covered were waste avoidance, minimization, and recycling; waste haulage and disposal; and information, education and communication campaigns.
In Mandalay, after consulting stakeholders, the project team and the city government developed and agreed on an enhanced 10-year integrated solid waste management plan. Due to strong interest from city, the project team conducted a pre-feasibility study on privatizing waste collection in one town, Chan Aye Thar Zan.
- 46248-001: Regional Capacity Development Technical Assistance on Mainstreaming Solid Waste Management in Asia
- April 2015: Project start
- March 2017: Project end
- US$ 1.4 million: Total cost of technical assistance over 2 years
Myanmar, Environment, Health, Urban development
Last updated: March 2017
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