Plastic free Kapan: Care for the environment
Plastic free Kapan: Care for the environment
Plastic bottles and plastic shopping bags make up about 30% of the volume of solid household waste. While organic and some other degradable waste is not very dangerous for the environment, huge amount of plastic waste is an everlasting source of contamination.

The project will contribute to reduction of plastic waste in Kapan community by improving municipal service of waste management and enhancement of public awareness and education.
Specific goals of the project include:
1. Contribution to reduction of dioxin and furan emissions as a result of open burning and self-ignition in the community landfill, by promoting separation and recycling of plastic bottles (PET) from solid household waste.
2. Contribution to environmental and sanitation improvement by reduction of usage of plastic bags through offering an alternative to them.

By the end of the project the following results will be accomplished:
1. The local government authorities have obtained technical capacities to manage sorting, collecting and selling of separated PET waste;
2. The community has an alternative to plastic shopping bags;
3. The community level stakeholders (decision makers, NGOs, teachers, residents, volunteers) are aware of global environmental challenges addressed by the GEF, in particular adverse effects of PET bottles and plastic bags on the environment, as well as are informed about important provisions of Stockholm Convention on POPs;
4. Around 30 women have received opportunity of a temporary job and have enhanced their role as behavior changers.
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Project Snapshot

Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 49,658.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 31,786.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 8,616.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
Gender aspects are well taken into consideration, as the SGP grantee is a woman-led NGO. Thus, at least 50% of the project target groups (teachers, NGO representatives) and beneficiaries in general (Kapan residents) are women. Secondly, women will be involved in production of reusable shopping bags. Lastly, it’s deemed that the major project focus groups are female as mainly women can make behavior changes among children and other family members.
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Income generated from PET waste separation/sorting and sale for reuse will be directed to further improvement of the municipal waste management services of Kapan community and waste tariff stabilization.
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Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 30
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 9000


Counterpart Int., UNDP, Kapan municipality

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