Egypt acquires new solid waste transit station to help manage solid waste in Cairo

EGYPT – The governorate of Cairo has acquired a new solid waste transit station to help manage solid waste in the city.

Located near Port-Saïd Road, the transit station is built on a 4,100 m2 site and has a capacity of 2,000 tonnes per day. It was inaugurated by the Egyptian Minister for the Environment

According to Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment of Egypt, the station will store waste collected in the districts of Shubra, Zawia Al-Hamra, Hadayek Al-Qubba, Rawd Al-Faraj, Al-Sharabiyyah, Al-Sahel, Al-Zaytoun and Al-Amiriya, all located in the north of Cairo governorate.

The aim is to optimize the collection and transfer of this waste to dedicated treatment centers in the governorate of Cairo.

The inauguration of the new transit station will also help to reduce soil and water pollution caused by solid waste in the governorate of Cairo, which produces 1,5000 tonnes of solid waste every day.

“The facility was built under an agreement signed between the Egyptian Ministries of the Environment, Local Development, Planning and Economic Development, and the Arab Industrialization Organization (AIO),” said the Egyptian Ministry of the Environment.

“The aim is to implement infrastructure projects to improve solid waste management, achieve the desired sustainable development and help reduce methane emissions, which contribute to global warming.”

Construction of the plant required an investment of EGP80 million (US$2.6m). Further work is planned as part of the partnership between the Egyptian government and AIO.

Cairo aims to reduce solid and sanitary waste pollution by 50% by 2030, through the adoption of the circular economy. Egypt currently produces an average of 95 million tonnes of waste every year.

In June, Fouad inaugurated the Nag Hammadi solid waste recycling plant in the governorate of Qena in Egypt.

With a capacity of 400 tonnes per day, the plant recycles waste into organic fertilizer for agriculture, and produces RDF (Refuse Derived Fuels) alternative fuel, 120 tonnes a day to supply cement works, among others.

The new recycling plant is located in the Nag Hammadi waste management center. It is supplied by the Abu Tisht transit station, which was inaugurated just after the Nag Hammadi recycling plant came on stream.

“The establishment of an intermediate station at Abu Tisht is part of the procedures for closing random landfill sites, because its location was previously a random landfill site, and in cooperation with the governorate of Qena, this landfill site was closed and part of the land was cut to establish the station, which now serves the areas of Abu Chit, Farshart and West Nagaa Hammadi,” explains Fouad.

According to her, this approach is also helping to reduce the cost of transporting waste to recycling sites, as well as pollution.

The new Abu Tisht transit station covers an area of 4,000 m2 and is expected to handle 200 tonnes of solid waste per day.

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