Solid Waste Management Improvement Project

Procured garbage truck. Photo by UNDP Guyana


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. 

Key results


  • 350,000 residents benefited from improved sanitary conditions, drainage and irrigation network: 2 garbage compactor trucks and 2 mini-excavators 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 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 placed in schools; 1,968 colour-coded bins distributed to schools to promote waste separation.
  • A National Public Education and Communication Strategy developed by the University of Guyana to raise solid waste management awareness.

Key features


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Ministry of Communities, UNDP Guyana




April 2014–September 2018

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