Technical assistance for the development of a regional integrated waste management facility in Bhola Municipality

Technical assistance for the development of a regional integrated waste management facility in Bhola Municipality

Client Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Sustainable sanitation-waste-energy nexus

Key facts

  • Project Location
    Bhola, Bangladesh
  • Period
  • Context
    Urban development
  • Sector
    sanitation, waste management, waste-to-value
  • Services
    Feasibility Study, Capacity Building
  • Beneficiaries
    ADB, LGED, Bhola Municipality

Project Background

Asian Development Bank (ADB) is helping Bangladesh develop climate-resilient infrastructure in ten vulnerable coastal municipalities (secondary cities). The project includes investments in water and sanitation facilities, cyclone shelters, emergency access roads and bridges and other municipal infrastructure. It also strengthens urban planning and disaster preparedness and conducts awareness-raising activities.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting the ADB’s “Improving Infrastructure in Coastal Cities” project with a US$1.60 million grant, under the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector, for toilet and waste management.

Services Provided

UPM provided technical assistance to ADB and the Bangladesh Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) in the following areas: implementation of a detailed feasibility study to identify the most appropriate option for the development and implementation of an integrated solid waste and sewage sludge treatment plant.

The activities included:

  • Survey and characterisation study of domestic, industrial and medical waste with installation of a field analysis laboratory;
  • Stakeholder Analysis;
  • Development and publication of a SFD (Shit-Flow-Diagram) for Bhola Municipality;
  • Study on the latest technological advances and best-applied technologies (BAT) for integrated waste management and recovery in Bangladesh;


  • Technology recommendations and the most suitable business model (from collection to reuse/disposal);
  • Site verification;
  • Ongoing capacity building of national and local project’s stakeholders.

For details, please find the project factsheet below:

Sustainable development goals MORE DETAILS

Good Health and Well-being

Good Health and Well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, by providing access to quality healthcare services, sanitation, and safe drinking water.
Clean Water and Sanitation

Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, by improving water quality, wastewater treatment, and access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation facilities
Affordable and Clean Energy

Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all, by promoting renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures.
Decent Work and Economic Growth

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all, aiming to achieve higher levels of productivity and innovation.
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation by investing in infrastructure, industrialization, and technological progress.
Responsible Production and Consumption

Responsible Production and Consumption

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns by promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and environmentally sound management of chemicals and wastes.
Climate Action

Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by implementing policies and measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance resilience to climate-related hazards.
Partnerships for the Goals

Partnerships for the Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development by mobilizing resources, enhancing international cooperation, and promoting multi-stakeholder partnerships.

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