Waste Quantity and Composition Study (WQCS)

About project

The American University of Armenia (AUA) Acopian Center for the Environment in partnership with the Government of Armenia has launched the Waste Quantity and Composition Study (WQCS) funded by the AUA Manoogian Simone Research Fund (MSRF).

The project studied the quantity and composition of municipal solid waste, construction, and demolition waste, industrial waste, electrical and electronic waste, agricultural and horticultural waste, medical waste, automotive waste by region and community types.

The Armenian government’s reform agenda is aimed at achieving EU-approximation within the framework of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) and to contribute to Armenia’s commitment to the Sustainability Goals (SDGs) within the Agenda 2030.

Project scope

  • Assessment of the quantity, composition and, when applicable, calorific-value of each waste stream included in the study scope.
  • Proposals on management solutions for each waste stream included in the study scope.
  • Analysis of landfills/dumpsites in Armenia, to find out the annual amount of waste accumulated therein and economic-technical feasibility of waste sorting.
  • Proposals on waste collection, sorting, transportation, and recycling schemes including the location of the plants and landfills in compliance with the latest technology and EU best practices, regulations, and standards.
  • Proposals to reduce waste as well as maximize the involvement of secondary material resources in the economic turnover.
  • Proposals to improve the institutional framework; with the aim of promoting investment in the mentioned solutions and technologies to propose other activities that fully meet the objectives set out in the project ToR.

Project deliverables

Project duration

March-September 2019

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Harutyun Alpetyan, National Expert
AUA Acopian Center for the Environment
alpetyan[at]aua.am, ace[at]aua.am
Phone: +374 60 612 693

Tatevik Vardanyan, Grants and Projects Manager
AUA Acopian Center for the Environment
t.vardanyan[at]aua.am, ace[at]aua.am
Phone: +374 60 612 696