31 plants to treat and recycle waste in four governorates
Egypt wants to strengthen its waste management system. To this end, the authorities of this North African country have started the construction of 31 recycling plants which will be spread over four governorates, namely Cairo, Sinai, Alexandria, and Qalyubiya. These facilities, eight of which will be delivered in the first half of 2023, will help reduce waste pollution and develop the circular economy in Egypt’s major cities.
This project includes the development of a “solid waste management complex” in the 10 Ramadan industrial zone, located near the city of Cairo. The initiative aims to recycle the 14,000 tonnes of waste produced daily in and around the Egyptian capital. The towns of Benha, Khanka, Qaha, Shibin El Qanater, and Shubra El Kheima, all located in the Qalyubiya governorate, are not left out. Indeed, these Egyptian municipalities will also benefit from a controlled landfill to facilitate the collection and recycling of household waste and plastic bottles generated by their 5.7 million inhabitants.
The Egyptian government is also planning to build four waste sorting stations in the Sinai governorate where Sharm el-Sheikh, the host city for the 27th UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP27) in November 2022, is located. In addition to sanitation, this investment will help promote the wildlife and plant potential of this region, which is increasingly affected by water stress.