Solid Waste Management Improvement Project
This project enhanced the ability of the Government of Guyana to address its solid-waste management challenges, reduce environmental impact and improve urban sanitation. It equipped local governments with waste-collection trucks and excavators and rehabilitated selected markets and market tarmacs, thereby providing alternatives to illegal vending. In addition, the project distributed waste bins and posters in schools and developed a national communications strategy on solid waste management to raise public awareness.
Ministry of Communities, UNDP Guyana
April 2014–September 2018
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350,000 residents benefited from improved sanitary conditions, drainage and irrigation network: 2 garbage compactor trucks and 2 mini-excavators were purchased and used by 15 Neighbourhood Democratic Councils and 3 municipalities.
Over 100,000 residents benefited from market construction and improvements: 8 markets and 2 tarmacs were rehabilitated and included in waste collection routes. More vendors together with garbage storage and collection points as well as improved sanitary facilities became available.
Over 50 primary schools in 9 municipalities benefited from the programme: 2,500 classroom posters, five retractable banners and 91 standing cutout posters were placed in schools; 1,968 colour-coded bins were distributed to schools to promote waste separation.
A National Public Education and Communication Strategy was developed by the University of Guyana to raise awareness of solid waste management.