EGYPT: New system will improve waste data management

The national solid waste management program continues in Egypt. On July 25, 2022, the Minister of the Environment, Yasmine Fouad announced the completion of the first phase of the Waste Information Management System (WIMS). It is an integrated institutional system for collecting, storing and analyzing data on waste management in this North African country.

Among the actions undertaken in this phase of the project is the electronic issuance of licenses and permits for all companies involved in the management of hazardous and non-hazardous waste in Egypt, in accordance with the provisions of Law 202 of 2020. This law aims to promote the recycling and reuse of waste with emphasis on the integrated management of municipal, industrial, agricultural, demolition and construction waste, as well as their “safe” disposal.

GIZ support

The Egyptian government hopes to reduce pollution by solid and sanitary waste in the land of the pharaohs by 50% by 2030, in particular through the gradual adoption of the circular economy. Egypt generates an average of 5.4 tons of plastic waste per year according to the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (AmCham Egypt) with a direct impact on the environment. In addition, there are other types of solid waste.

The WIMS project has two other phases which include the establishment of an electronic complaint system for companies that have been denied a license, an electronic system for the management and monitoring of hazardous waste, and another for the management and tracking non-hazardous solid waste. . In its third phase, the project will result in the creation of a website for the National Waste Management Regulatory Authority.

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The project comes at a time when the 27e The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), taking place November 7-18, 2022 in Egypt, is looming on the horizon. The initiative is also supported by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).

Ines Magoum

Ramon J. Espinoza