Sustainable Solutions To Solid Waste Project 


The Rohingya influx from Myanmar has seen the population of Cox's Bazar's Teknaf and Ukhiya Upazilas hike to 1.5 million. The sudden increase in population has had adverse impact on the existing health and environment management systems, including underfunded and under-resourced Solid Waste Management (SWM) services. Monthly waste generation is estimated to be above 10,000 ton leading to waste pile-ups causing environmental pollution, posing serious health hazards, hiking disaster risks and causing social tensions. UNDP, in cooperation with the Government of Bangladesh and Sweden, jointly launched the project to respond to the crisis 


The project will work to develop waste management systems that will benefit both the host communities and Rohingya to have access to appropriate waste management services for cleaner and healthier environment, change behaviours and attitudes of host community to improve the way how waste is generated, disposed and managed; and create income generating opportunities for the host community by supporting recycling of solid waste 


• Quick-impact waste removal 

• Basic waste management system 

• New waste management infrastructures 

• Recycling and livelihoods development 

• Local government engagement and capacity building 

• Household engagement for improved segregation and recycling of waste 

• Awareness campaign on 3Rs - Reduce, Reuse & Recycle 

• Contingency plan 




Project start date:

October 2018

Estimated end date:

December 2022

Focus area:

  • eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions
  • build resilience to shocks and crisis
  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Bangladesh

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

    Full project information  

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • Swedish International Development Cooperation (sida)
  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Government Of Germany
  • Montreal Protocol
  • Ministry Of Commerce
  • China
  • Unocha/central Emergency Response Fund
  • Cerf
  • Climateworks Foundation
  • Un High Commissioner For Refugees (unhcr)
  • International Organization For Migration
  • Swiss Agency For Development And Cooperation - Sdc
  • European Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations
  • Government Of Japan
  • Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Australian Dfat
  • Undp Funding Windows
  • Canada Deparment Of Foreign Affairs
  • Trade And Development
  • United Nations Development Fund For Women (un Women)
  • Department Of Foreign Affairs
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2021 $2,518,279

    2020 $8,427,380

    2019 $5,242,691

    2018 $647,209

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