CASE STUDY

Quezon City: Making Waste Management a Rewarding Investment

One of the challenges facing rapidly growing cities in Asia is how to improve their waste management system and at the same time make it operationally sustainable. Photo credit: ADB.
One of the challenges facing rapidly growing cities in Asia is how to improve their waste management system and at the same time make it operationally sustainable. Photo credit: ADB.

One of the most populous cities in the Philippines examines ways to make its waste collection system financially sustainable.

Overview

Quezon City, one of the most populous cities in the Philippines, does not have a financially sustainable waste collection system for a range of reasons. One relates to fees for waste management, and another is on how long private waste collection companies can be contracted for to operate this service.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) provided technical assistance on mainstreaming solid waste management to Quezon City and four other cities in Asia. Key assistance involved reviewing current activities and upgrading 10-year solid waste management plans to improve the overall system as well as delivering one tailored project for each city. Issues covered were waste avoidance, minimization, and recycling; waste haulage and disposal; and information, education and communication campaigns.

After consulting stakeholders, the project team and the Quezon City government designed and agreed on an enhanced 10-year integrated solid waste management plan. A pre-feasibility study was conducted on setting up a waste-to-energy facility with a modular waste capacity of 1,000 tons per day using a stoker-type incinerator.


Project information


Project snapshot

  • April 2015: Project start
  • March 2017: Project end
  • US$ 1.4 million: Total cost of technical assistance over 2 years

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Meet the experts

  • Lyndsay Chapple    
    Environmental engineering consultant

    Lyndsay Chapple has worked in solid waste management for more than 3 decades. His expertise covers all aspects of solid waste management, ranging from environmental assessments to detailed design of facilities. His passion is developing site-specific solutions that are pragmatic and sustainable.

  • Andrew McIntyre    
    Senior Urban Development Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank

    Andrew McIntyre leads ADB’s Future Cities Program, operationalizing a One ADB approach to better engage with Asian cities over  the long term, by facilitating cross-sectoral knowledge and financing partners, broadening project pipelines and ensuring integrated results. Andrew's career spans 32 years, 60 projects and in 35 ADB developing member countries.

   Philippines, Environment, Health, Urban development
   Last updated: March 2017

 




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The views expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Asian Development Bank, its management, its Board of Directors, or its members.




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