Public-Private Partnership for Waste Management in Jamaica

Reference: International Finance Corporation (World Bank)

How do you choose the right solutions for solid waste management in Jamaica when growing population and income level is putting pressure on existing systems? Viegand Maagøe is working to create better waste management in Jamaica through public-private partnerships.

How we solve the task

Viegand Maagøe and COWI together with IFC/World Bank has assisted Development Bank of Jamaica in due diligence of Jamaica’s system for collection, transport, treatment, recycling and disposal of solid waste.

Multiple factors influence the decision:

  • Aspirations for better service and lower environmental impact
  • Limited public funds and citizens’ willingness to pay
  • Opportunities for replacing dumps with energy production from waste.

We have analyzed the institutional and financial framework as well as environmental and social aspects. The result is several possible strategies for improving the system. We have also established financial models for private sector participation through public-private partnerships in different parts of the value stream.

International Finance Corporation (World Bank)

Reference: International Finance Corporation (World Bank)

Contract period: 2018 - 2019 (Viegand Maagøe)

Viegand Maagøe has completed:

  • Data collection on the current situation
  • Analysis of present and future market structure
  • Quantification of costs
  • Financial models for waste management incl. energy production
  • Analysis of alternative scenarios
  • Advisory on private sector involvement and transaction structure
  • Presentation to key stakeholders.


Better waste management will result in cleaner healthier cities in Jamaica.

It will reduce informal dumps and improve the aquatic environment by reducing seepage from poorly constructed facilities.

Energy production from waste will reduce import and use of fossil fuels.

Global Goals

The project contributes to several of the 17 UN Global Goals:

SDG 3 “Good health and well-being”
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages.

SDG 6 “Clean water and sanitation”
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

SDG 7 ”Affordable and clean energy”
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

SDG 11 ”Sustainable cities and communities”
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.


Do you want to know more about the project and what we can do for you? Please, contact us.

Carsten Glenting

Carsten Glenting

Partner, Head of Economics and Finance

Mobil: +45 21 64 34 89