The Kvemo Kartli region is implementing a plan to upgrade the collection and treatment of solid waste. The program is fi nanced with loans from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Swedish grants. The stakeholders in this project are the Solid Waste Management Corporation Georgia (locally called the SWMCG), which will be building and operating a new regional landfill site compliant with European regulations, and the towns of Marneuli, Bolnisi, Dmanisi, Tetritskaro, and Tsalka, which will be responsible for collecting and transporting solid waste to the new treatment site. The objective is to improve the collection while requiring residents and businesses to comply with the polluter pays principle. This measure should allow the waste management company and the towns to eventually achieve a balanced budget.