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In May 2015 the EBRD extended a sovereign loan of €7 million to Georgia to introduce a modern solid-waste management system covering the collection and disposal of municipal solid waste in its southern region of Kvemo Kartli. The EBRD financing is complemented by grant funding of €3 million from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Five municipalities of Kvemo Kartli (Marneuli, Bolnisi, Dmanisi, Tetritskaro and Tsalka) will not only receive a modern landfill, which will be compliant with the corresponding EU landfill design standards, but will also acquire specialised vehicles, containers and other equipment.

Funds necessary for the project preparation, including the feasibility study, were provided by Sida. The latter is also providing funding for project implementation support services, a corporate development programme, stakeholder participation and a municipality support programme, as well as an environmental impact assessment.