Establishment of a pilot waste separation facility in Dashtaqar landfill of Ararat region
Establishment of a pilot waste separation facility in Dashtaqar landfill of Ararat region
The project aims to reduce or eliminate (to the extent possible) the environmental and human health risks associated with operation of the existing municipal solid waste (MSW) disposal site located in Dashtaqar community of Ararat region via construction and operation of waste sorting and recycling facility.
The landfill has been receiving MSW collected from 15 rural and urban communities of the region for many years; however, the remaining capacity of the site limits its further operation till 2014-2015, thus, jeopardizing sustainable and safe operation as well as possible expansion and improvement of the waste management system established in the communities. Moreover, emissions of furans and dioxins, elements that pose serious health hazards, take place periodically in summer because of self-ignition and burning of plastic wastes disposed at the landfill.
In order to address the mentioned issue, “Village Communities Stable Development” NGO in cooperation with “Maqur Yerkir” LLC, a community funded company that has been providing waste collection and disposal services in 15 rural and urban communities since 2010, initiated development of a project aimed at introduction of a new waste sorting and recycling plant to be located on the territory of Dashtaqar landfill. For this purpose, engineering design and design estimates have been developed with the support of an international expert from PUM Netherlands.
The proposed project is envisaged to be implemented in the following two stages: (i) construction of waste sorting facility that will ensure separation of organic and non-organic fractions with subsequent sorting of non-organic materials and separation of plastic, metals, glass, textile, paper, etc. and (ii) construction of organic waste processing facility that will produce biogas or organic fertilizers for agricultural needs. Sequence and scope of implementation of construction works will depend on the inter-dependence of the stages and availability of funds.
Implementation of the proposed project will ensure introduction of a model of sustainable, environmentally safe and financially feasible community-led solid waste management system that operates based on waste reduction principle and may be replicated in other communities of Armenia.
GEF SGP funding will support the implementation of the first stage only with the total duration of 7 months.
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Project Snapshot

Village Communities Stable Development NGO
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 121,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 4,550.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
During the project implementation it is planned to organize trainings and awareness raising campaigns on potential negative environmental and health effects of POPs and other harmful chemicals associated with community waste management. The project will also enhance capacities of local NGOs and community-level stakeholders to address global environmental issues and implement convention guidelines.
Notable Community Participation
Fifteen communities associated to Vedi Inter-Community Union, directly participated in the project development and implementation. Being founders of “Maqur Yerkir” LLC, a waste collection and disposal company, the communities directly participate in decisions-making on income management which will be mainly directed to the company development and waste tariff stabilization. The community population will be involved in the training and awareness raising campaigns aimed at waste reduction and separation for recycling.
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Innovative financial mechanisms put in place through SGP project 1
Increase in household income by increased income or reduced costs due to SGP project 25000
Number of innovations or new technologies developed / applied 1



Grantee Contact

Mr. Yurik Harutyunyan
Phone: +374 99 80 51 40


4 Pushkin st.
Vedi , Ararat , 0601

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Hovhannes Ghazaryan
+374 60 530000+116
(+374 10) 543811
Ms. Svetlana Harutyunyan
+374 60 530000+117


14 Adamyan St.
Yerevan, 0010

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