The impact of waste and pollution on sustainable development in the Pacific is taking its toll on the health of communities, degrading natural ecosystems, threatening food security, impeding resilience to climate change and adversely impacting on social and economic development. The Pacific – European Union (EU) Waste Management Programme, PacWastePlus , will generate improved economic, social, health and environmental benefits by enhancing existing activities and building capacity and sustainability into waste management practices


What waste streams will be the focus of will PacWastePlus?

Priority waste streams that the PacWastePlus programme will focus on are:

  • hazardous wastes (specifically asbestos, e-waste and healthcare waste),
  • solid wastes (specifically recyclables, organic waste, disaster waste and bulky waste) and
  • Water impacted by solid waste (note this is not wastewater, or referring to any liquid waste)

In which countries will PacWastePlus operate?

The programme is being implemented in 15 countries: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

The activities are tailored to address the specific needs of each country based on their identified priorities.


PacWastePlus Participating Countries Map


PacWastePlus Objectives and Key Result Areas

The overall objective of PacWastePlus is “to generate improved economic, social, health and environmental benefits arising from stronger regional economic integration and the sustainable management of natural resources and the environment”.

The specific objective is “to ensure the safe and sustainable management of waste with due regard for the conservation of biodiversity, health and wellbeing of Pacific island communities and climate change mitigation and adaptation requirements”.

The four key result areas of PacWastePlus are:

  1. Improved data collection, information sharing, and education and awareness,
  2. Policies and regulatory frameworks developed and implemented,
  3. Best practices including enhanced private sector engagement and infrastructure development implemented, and
  4. Enhanced human capacity.


How will SPREP seek to facilitate PacWastePlus?

The programme brings together key organisations supporting waste and pollution sector in the region, with SPREP as the entrusted implementation agency. The Pacific Community (SPC) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) will be implementing partners contracted by SPREP for specific activities in line with their core expertise and responsibility. Additionally, PWP is partnering with numerous other development partners operating waste management projects in the region, to ensure no duplication of efforts or wasted resources. 




Programme Governance Documents


Download - PacWastePlus Action Document

Download - PacWastePlus 2020 Steering Committee Report

The Project Steering Committee is established to guide the development and implementation of the PacWastePlus Programme, ensuring a fair and reasonable decision-making process for project priorities and funding allocations.  The committee met in 2020 and was facilitated by the PacWastePlus Project Management Unit from the 10th - 12th February 2020.  The following report provides details of discussions and provides details of the priorities identified by the countries present for the meeting.


Download - PacWastePlus 2019 Inception Meeting Report

The 2019 Inception meeting provided the opportunity for an inaugural gathering of all country representatives, and the programme staff to come together to discuss the programme and determine how they would collectively like to see actions occur. The two-day meeting was a success as country and CROP representatives were able to actively contribute to discussions, provide feedback on the past project and how they would like to see things operate differently in the PacWastePlus project, and provide the programme staff with high-level guidance on the priorities and needs of their countries. The report provides a summary of the discussions and provides details of the discussions and priorities identified by the countries present for the meeting.

Download - PacwastePlus Factsheet


Project Management Tools


Download Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: A Guide for Project Designs

Building a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) plan for a project assists to deliver the intended outcome, and if not, it should help you understand which elements should be modified to assist with delivering a successful project.  This publication provides guidance on how to develop a M&E plan for not only PacWastePlus country projects but can also be used as a resource tool during the development of other donor-funded country projects as well.


Download Developing A Project Logic: A Guide for Project Design

For PacWastePlus it is expected that all teams designing activities will have developed some form of project logic in participation with their implementing partners. This will demonstrate the logic of your collaborative thinking and design, and clearly articulate the changes to which you hope to contribute.  Project logic provides the basis for planning and implementing monitoring and evaluation at the project level.


Download A Guide for Developing an Investigative Questioning Process

The process of investigative questioning, or inquiry, assists project managers to ask questions of individuals or groups, who know something, or a lot, about a particular area of interest to the interviewer. It is also about finding out information or needs on a subject which can be used to benefit those stakeholders/individuals e.g. through a project planning process. This publication provides initial guidance on the various investigative questioning processes that can be utilised.


Download SMART Objectives factsheet

This basic guide for developing SMART Objectives is designed to provide further guidance to country focal points as they develop in-country concept investments for PacWastePlus supported projects and activities. 


Download Technical Assistance Register 

The PacWastePlus (PWP) Programme is currently engaged with focal points as we confirm country projects with the intent many should be completed and submitted in June 2020. As the team is working with 15 countries, we recognise that countries may need additional support, so the programme team have undertaken an assessment of consultants that can be asked to assist. We have developed a register of pre-approved technical consultants, through an advertised Tender process, and also have produced individual consultant profiles that provide more detailed background information to support countries on the development of project concepts for in-country interventions on any one or more of the programme priority waste streams or project activity areas. 



National Waste Legislation Stocktake - Country Reports

The following Country Reports were prepared by the University of Melbourne (UoM) consultancy team as part of the PacWastePlus regional Waste Legislative Review assessment. The UoM team reviewed laws on waste management in 14 Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste. This research was commissioned by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), with funding support from the European Union’s Delegation to the Pacific. Additional outcomes and reports from this work will be developed and released over the coming months.


Download - Stocktake of Existing and Pipeline Waste Legislation - Cook Islands


Download - Stocktake of Existing and Pipeline Waste Legislation - Fiji


Download - Stocktake of Existing and Pipeline Waste Legislation - Kiribati


Download - Stocktake of Existing and Pipeline Waste Legislation - Nauru


Download - Stocktake of Existing and Pipeline Waste Legislation - Niue


Download -  Stocktake of Existing and Pipeline Waste Legislation - Palau


Download - Stocktake of Existing and Pipeline Waste Legislation - Papua New Guinea


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Stocktake of Existing and Pipeline Waste Legislation - Republic of Marshall Islands


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Stocktake of Existing and Pipeline Waste Legislation - Samoa


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Stocktake of Existing and Pipeline Waste Legislation - Solomon Islands


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Stocktake of Existing and Pipeline Waste Legislation - Timor-Leste


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Stocktake of Existing and Pipeline Waste Legislation - Kingdom of Tonga


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Stocktake of Existing and Pipeline Waste Legislation - Tuvalu


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Stocktake of Existing and Pipeline Waste Legislation - Vanuatu


Download Waste Audit Methodology_SIDs 

Over the course of 2018–19, it has also become apparent that there are a number of organisations currently working in this space with very similar requirements for waste data. Therefore, based on waste audits commissioned by PRIF in Tuvalu, a waste audit methodology has been developed that incorporates the materials required for national baseline data collection for the following projects as a minimum:

SPREP – PacWastePlus, PRIF – Regional Recycling Network, EU – EDF11, CCOA – Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance, World Bank – Regional Recycling Network, and UNEP – GEF

This report presents a comprehensive data collection methodology that makes provision for the data collection requirements for the above projects.


Factsheets & Booklets 


Download - Managing Disaster Waste: A Guide for Communities

Natural disasters, such as tropical cyclones, hurricanes and floods, can generate large quantities of waste, including building debris, fallen trees, and hazardous waste. Disaster waste is a threat to community health, safety, and the environment. However, it is often managed in an ad hoc manner and can be a major obstacle to the much-needed emergency relief operations and cause delay to humanitarian efforts by blocking access to affected communities. This community factsheet is a basic guide for the safe handling and management of waste generated from natural disasters.



Download - Advanced recovery fee & deposit systems - Factsheet

Advanced Recovery Fee & Deposit Systems are legislative instruments designed to create a way to sustainably finance waste management and recycling. In the Pacific, Advanced Recovery Fee & Deposit systems currently operating are called a Container Deposit, Beverage Deposit, Advanced Disposal Fee, or a Waste Levy. 


Download - In-country National Education and Awareness Plans (NEAPs)

National Education and Awareness Plans or NEAPs are an easy to understand yet effective plans designed to coordinate the development and implementation of targeted and empowering education and awareness activities at a national level and are focused on encouraging the adoption of good practices and positive behaviour change in terms of sustainable waste management.


Download - Medical Waste Alert - How to manage COVID-19 Healthcare waste

During this pandemic, many types of additional medical and hazardous wastes will be generated, including infected masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment (PPE). The increased number of first responders being sent out to enforce emergency orders will also lead to a higher volume of non-infected items of the same nature. Government officials in charge of managing this emergency must consider the importance of the safe handling, transportation, and final disposal of this waste as they can cause unforeseen “knock-on” effects. The Medical Waste Alert is an easy to read, practical guide for the Pacific setting with additional links to more resources.


Download - National disaster Waste Management Plans : Benefits of having disaster waste management plans and planning to Pacific islands

The intensity and frequency of natural disasters such as tropical cyclones are evidently increasing in the Pacific. When these natural disasters occur large amounts of waste are generated from damage to both the natural and man-made environment. Inefficient or ineffective management of clean-up efforts following a disaster often results in the slow and costly recovery of a community, potentially risking public and environmental health.


Download - Asbestos contaminated materials : Guide for disaster debris removal

Natural disasters such as cyclones and floods can damage asbestos-containing materials and lead to asbestos exposure among first responders, clean-up crews and nearby residents. This document is designed to provide guidance on response and management, and to supplement knowledge and skills-utilising this guide does not imply qualifications, and we strongly recommend undertaking appropriate training and employing necessary protective measures prior to handling asbestos containing materials.


Download - Global and Regional framework - Chemicals and waste multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs)

This publication is designed to provide clear and concise information on the various MEAs developed to reduce the impacts of waste and chemicals by establishing agreed international frameworks that significantly reduce pollution of the air, water and soil in order to minimise adverse impacts on human health and the environment. MEAs provide strong foundations to support and guide Pacific islands in management of impacts from waste, controlling the transboundary movement of waste, and supports countries to implement the SDGs and a secure a healthier environment for their people.



PacWastePlus Programme Newsletter - The Connection

Download - The Connection - Issue 1


Download - The Connection - Issue 2




National Education and Awareness Plan Capacity Development Workshop - Message from EU
PacWastePlus Steering Committee Meeting - Video message from EU



You will also be able to view the videos via the SPREP YouTube channel


PacWastePlus Tenders


1. Development a Code of Practice on how to manage, control and if needed safely remove asbestos and asbestos-containing materials in the workplace, tailored for use in the PacWastePlus participating countries





  1. Development of An Asbestos and Asbestos Containing Materials Legislative Ban Policy Note for Use in PacWastePlus Participating Countries
  2. Technical Assistance to Support the Expansion of The Existing Deposit Legislation for The Republic of Marshall Islands
  3. Technical Assistance to support the development of a Waste Deposit Levy for Samoa
  4. Assessment of Healthcare Incinerators in Kiribati (Kiritimati Island) and Timor-Leste

  5. Monitoring and Evaluation System Development for the PacWastePlus Programme

  6. Technical Assistance to Support the Development of An Advanced Disposal Fee/Waste Deposit Regulation for The Cook Islands
  7. Literature review on environmental leakage and management issues from lined and unlined landfills
  8. Development of Decision Support Tool for The Improvement of Waste Management In The Pacific Region
  9. Literature Review and Assessment of Small-Scale Waste Management Technology Options
  10. Conduct Baseline Data Assessment Through Waste Audits In Niue, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands And Timor-Leste For The PacWaste Plus Programme
  11. Legislative Review and Assessment of Environmental and Waste Legislative Environment in 15 Pacific island countries for the PacWastePlus Programme    
  12. National Capacity Needs Assessment for Waste in 14 Pacific Island Countries and Timor-Leste for the PacWastePlus Programme 
  13. Timor-Leste Healthcare Management Training for the PacWaste Programme                                                                              
  14. Healthcare Incinerator Repair Maintenance for the PacWastePlus programme
  15. Technical Assistance
  16. Situational Analysis of Human Rights Issues in The Waste Management Sector for The PacWastePlus Programme