Armenia: A Step Forward to Develop Solid Waste Management

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a 5.5 million Euro loan to Armenia for the implementation of modern solid waste management solutions.

The loan amount includes a previously signed and newly added EBRD sovereign loan, which will allow for an extension of the geographic coverage of the Kotayk Solid Waste Management to the adjacent Gegharkunik region.

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The new landfill – the first in Armenia that is compliant with EU regulations – will be located in the city of Hrazdan in the Kotayk Province and managed by twelve participating municipalities – Hrazdan, Abovian, Charentsavan, Tsakhkadzor, Byureghavan, Yeghvard, Nor Hachn, Sevan, Martuni, Gavar, Vardenis and Chambarak. It will operate as a commercial unit with modern solid waste management systems, covering the collection and disposal of municipal solid waste. The services will generate major environmental and social benefits for some 500,000 people in the area. The EBRD loan is complemented by grant financing of 5.5 million Euro, provided by the European Union Neighbourhood Investment Facility (EU NIF) with a contribution of 3.5 million Euro and a 2.0 million Euro grant from the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P) fund.

The Austrian government will support the implementation of the project and the corporate development of the landfill management company. Additional grant funds are provided by the EBRD’s Shareholders’ Special Fund and the Early Transition Countries Fund.