DIG awards $5.5 million in grants under Municipal Waste Recycling Program to 30 organizations in Asia to combat ocean plastic pollution and GHG emissions

Under the USAID-funded Municipal Waste Recycling Program (MWRP), DIG has awarded $5.5 million in grants to 30 qualified organizations developing innovative and scalable solid waste management and recycling projects that also promote social inclusion, empower women and youth, generate jobs and economic growth, and strengthen resilience. The MWRP is designed to reduce land-based sources of ocean plastic pollution in four Asian countries that are reportedly among the largest polluters – Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. The program provides grants and technical assistance for promising solid waste management efforts in urban and peri-urban areas of the four countries, tackling waste that is incinerated and released as greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), sent to landfills, or discharged into the ocean.