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Micro- and Small Enterprises in Integrated Sustainable Waste Management

Micro- and Small Enterprises in Integrated Sustainable Waste Management focuses on the various roles micro- and small enterprises can play in urban waste management. It pays specific attention to the ways in which these stakeholders contribute to the sustainability of their city’s waste management system.

This document is part of a set of five Tools for Decision-makers.

The other four documents cover:

  • Integrated Sustainable Waste Management - the Concept
  • Community Partnerships in Integrated Sustainable Waste Management
  • Financial and Economic Issues in Integrated Sustainable Waste Management
  • The Organic Waste Flow in Integrated Sustainable Waste Management

This series of Tools for Decision-makers on Integrated Sustainable Waste Management presents a unique approach to municipal waste management. Integrated Sustainable Waste Management is a concept, analytic framework and assessment that pays attention to aspects often neglected in conventional municipal waste management. Integrated Sustainable Waste Management covers institutional, social, environmental, technical and financial aspects, while emphasising the critical role a variety of stakeholders - including waste pickers, women and micro- and small enterprises - play every day in waste management operations such as collection, treatment, reuse, recycling and prevention.

The Urban Waste Expertise Programme (1995-2001) was coordinated by WASTE and funded by the Netherlands Agency for International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the UWEP programme a wide array of partner organisations collaborated. Most important among them were CAPS in the Philippines, CEK in Mali, IPES in Peru, ACEPESA in Costa Rica and Waste Wise in India