Global Compact in Armenia

What we do

 The volume of PET bottles separated and sent for recycling in Armenia tripled thanks to UNDP supported public-private partnership in the field of solid waste management

Environmental pollution associated with plastic waste in Armenia is currently estimated at 5,000 to 6,000 tons annually, and has a growing tendency. A few years ago less than 15 percent of total plastic waste was recycled. The rest remained in the local environment - burdening landfills, contaminating water sources and farmland, and posing risks to biodiversity and public health.

In Armenia, there are several risks and constraints that discourage investment in plastic waste recycling, such as inadequate institutions and infrastructure, lack of public-private partnership modalities, lack of knowledge and trust in cooperation between municipalities and the private sector, as well as lack of awareness on importance of waste management and recycling.

Because the resale of a ton of recycled plastic waste generates about $1,000 in revenues, the 5,000 to 6,000 tons of plastic waste that is generated annually in Armenia represents a potential income stream of five to six million US dollars for municipalities, national parks, and partner companies.

Moreover, it is estimated that the recycling of 1,000 tons of plastic waste generates around 10-15 additional jobs in the waste management sector.

In partnership with the private sector and municipalities, the Global Compact in Armenia is:

  • Bringing together local authorities with private companies to set up plastic waste recycling programmes;

  • Providing special bins for plastic waste, balers, compactors, and other necessary equipment, strengthening incentives for private businesses to compete for waste management and recycling contracts;
  • Raising public awareness about recycling and reducing pollution, in order to improve public health and protect biodiversity;
  • Providing young graduates with a chance for first employment through paid internships.

Some results so far

Fourteen urban municipalities introduced plastic recycling, serving over 330,000 people (10 percent of Armenia’s population) and covering national parks.

In 24 months after launch of the project, 14 municipalities separate, process and send to recycling more than 60 percent of plastic waste accumulated in the project areas.

During the Youth Career Trail project, more than 160 new graduates passed a six-month internship in leading companies and 50 percent of them are already job-placed.

Who Finances it?


Donor name

Amount contributed per year


$ 49,200.00


 $ 234,000.00



$ 40,,800.00




$ 6,420.00

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Dec 2012

 $ 215,489.00

Dec 2011

 $ 248,850.00

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