Turning the Tide on Waste: UNITAR Research and Training Solutions for Waste Reduction


Waste generation and its detrimental impact on the environment has become a global concern. Traditional waste management approaches are unsustainable and need to be transformed. UNITAR Research and Training Solutions propose innovative solutions to tackle waste reduction through research and training programs.

UNITAR’s Approach

UNITAR’s approach to waste reduction focuses on:

  • Promoting resource efficiency: Encouraging the reuse, repair, and recycling of materials to minimize waste at the source.
  • Enhancing waste collection and sorting: Developing efficient collection systems and providing communities with clear guidelines for sorting waste.
  • Investing in innovative technologies: Exploring and implementing advanced technologies such as anaerobic digestion and plasma gasification to convert waste into valuable resources.
  • Empowering communities: Engaging communities in waste reduction initiatives and providing them with the necessary skills and knowledge.

Research and Development

UNITAR’s research team is actively engaged in:

  • Developing methodologies and tools for waste quantification and analysis.
  • Identifying and evaluating new and sustainable waste management technologies.
  • Conducting field experiments to assess the effectiveness of different interventions.
  • Disseminating research findings to stakeholders and promoting their implementation.

Training and Capacity Building

UNITAR offers tailored training programs to enhance the skills and knowledge of waste management professionals and communities:

  • Waste reduction and resource efficiency workshops
  • Waste collection and sorting training
  • Operation and maintenance training for waste management technologies
  • Community engagement and outreach programs

Key Initiatives

UNITAR has implemented numerous successful waste reduction initiatives in collaboration with local governments and communities:

  • Zero Waste Cities: Developing comprehensive plans to eliminate waste in selected cities.
  • Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR): Implementing EPR schemes to incentivize manufacturers to take responsibility for the end-of-life management of their products.
  • Waste to Energy: Promoting the conversion of waste into energy through anaerobic digestion and other technologies.


UNITAR Research and Training Solutions play a vital role in turning the tide on waste. Our innovative solutions and capacity building programs empower communities and organizations to reduce waste and embrace sustainable waste management practices.


1. What are the benefits of implementing waste reduction measures?

  • Reduced environmental impact
  • Cost savings
  • Increased resource efficiency
  • Improved public health

2. How can UNITAR help communities reduce waste?

  • By providing technical assistance
  • By facilitating stakeholder engagement
  • By raising awareness and promoting behavioral changes

3. What technologies does UNITAR promote for waste reduction?

  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Plasma gasification
  • Waste-to-energy technologies
  • Circular economy solutions


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