Solid Waste Management

Sustainable Municipal Services

The purpose of this consultancy assignment is to assist municipalities and GIZ SMS program to develop and plan the implementation of feasible and concrete solid waste management pilot projects in four cities deriving from SWMP

Evaluation of gaps in the implementation of the national strategy and national plan on waste management in Albania

Albania is engaged in fulfilling the obligations under the EU Stabilisation and Association Agreement. In the area of environment, regarding waste management, the recent Progress Report of 2014 from the EC, assesses implementation of the national policy as having shortcomings; separated waste collection largely not established and low recycling rates are direct results of it. The very limited capacity of waste management authorities is one main cause defined in the Report. The financial situation of local governments in general, only recently restructured under the new administrative and territorial reform, is currently still weak. On this ground, the approximation of the EU legislation on waste management needs to be revised and improved. To this purpose, the National Strategy, the National Plan and the Law on waste management are the basic documents which may need revision and improvement, on account of shortcomings in implementation so far.

Integrated Waste Management and Environmental Education in Berati Functional Area

Main objective of this proposed project is to increase recycling, expand the coverage of separated waste collection, covering the whole territory of Berati FA, which, for the moment is only covering the city of Berati, without the communes that are joined lately, therefore to comply with the requirements of the Strategy and National Plan for Integrated Waste Management, which are also EU integration requirement.

Waste Management and Environmental Protection, IPA Cross Border Cooperation Albania-Kosovo

The specific objective of the project is to increase the knowledge and engagement of 5000 students, 300 teachers and 1000 citizens in the region on the benefits of sustainable waste management and recycling for environmental protection and economic development. The lack of awareness, education and activity amongst citizens on environmental issues has been detrimental to their behavioral norms and thus, social and environmental condition. Through this intervention, the environmental and social challenges become economic opportunities. By increasing the level of knowledge, engagement and collaboration of citizens and institutions on sustainable waste management and recycling, Kosovar and Albanian society is better able to move forward in the process of integrating into the European Union.

Recycling and waste standards in Lezha

Main objective of this project is the expansion of the actual coverage of urban waste separate collection in the Municipality of Lezha.


The overall aim of PPP’s is therefore to structure the relationship between the Municipality of Berat and private sectors in such a way that the activities and risks associated with integrated waste management, delivery and regulation are allocated to the party best able to manage them

Participatory Plastic Clean Up and Waste Management in Lezha

This initiative started with the BELLS movement for awareness and advocacy on environmental issues and was followed by the project titled ‘Participatory Plastic Waste Cleaning and Waste Management in Lezha Municipality’ funded by the Embassy of the Netherlands and implemented by the Urban Research Institute and the Municipality. After the initial stage was set successfully, they also involved the Office for Swiss Cooperation through its decentralisation and local development programme. This made possible more funding and technical assistance for designing a new waste management scheme that includes separation of recyclable waste at the deposit source, capacity building and public-private partnership building at local level, and the establishment of the recycling centre.