EU supports solid waste management in Egypt

22-01-2017 08:58 PM

Antoun Milad

The Egyptian National Solid Waste Management Programme investment

component, funded by the European Union (EU), was reently launched. The EU

support will address some of the pressing issues in the sector by supporting

concrete actions, investing a total of 20 million Euros as a grant out of the total

project budget amounting to 61 million Euros. The other 41 million Euros will be

provided by the KFW, German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) and Swiss

Cooperation and the Government of Egypt.

During the opening ceremony of, Reinhold Brender Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the

EU Delegation to Egypt, stressed that future of waste management lies in circular

economy, where almost nothing is wasted. Re-use and remanufacturing is standard

practice, and sustainability is built into the fabric of that society, where there is less

waste to deal with, and more is generated from limited resources. He added that the

EU is glad to support Egypt for its improved solid waste management as key step

in direction towards circular economy.

The ‘National Solid Waste Management Programme’, contains a comprehensive

set of measures ranging from institutional reform and development of policy and

legislation, to investment programming and implementation, professional capacity

development, improving services and facilities in four pilot governorates of Kafr

al-Sheikh, Gharbiya, Assiut and Qena.


The action aims to provide a significant contribution to the sustainable protection

of the environment, to protect natural resources and to reduce health risks for the

population of Egypt. The envisaged actions include construction and rehabilitation

of solid waste management facilities such as recycling, composting plants, transfer

stations, landfills, other solid waste infrastructure required for an integrated waste

management system. The programme will also support the closure and

rehabilitation of existing uncontrolled dumpsites.

Watani International

22 January 2017

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