ADB to Help Strengthen Solid Waste Management in Marshall Islands

News Release | 9 December 2020

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (9 December 2020) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $6.5 million grant for the Ebeye Solid Waste Management Project which will establish a sustainable and effective solid waste management system in Ebeye, Marshall Islands.

The grant comes from ADB’s Asian Development Fund and will help finance the Ebeye Solid Waste Management Project. The project will pilot a small-scale high-temperature incinerator; upgrade an existing waste disposal site; improve municipal solid waste collection, transport, and disposal operations; and boost institutional capacity to sustain solid waste management service delivery and strengthen local engagement.

“Solid waste management is still a major issue in most island countries. Ebeye is one of the most densely populated islands on earth, which places urban and social services under great pressure,” said ADB Public Management Economist for the Pacific Yuki Ikeda. “The project aims to improve the coverage of the sustainable solid waste management system in Ebeye.”

ADB’s longstanding experience in the urban sector will ensure lessons from previous similar projects are incorporated into climate-proofed project designs. The project will set up integrated solid waste management on Ebeye, including waste recycling.

Project-readiness financing will also help prepare detailed engineering design and bidding documents for the project investment and build the implementation capacity of the Kwajalein Atoll Local Government and the Ministry of Works, Infrastructure, and Utilities.

ADB will work with island country governments to expand solid waste management in the Pacific, covering ocean waste management and contributing to ocean health initiatives.

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.