CAIRO – 20 January 2019: A ministerial committee formed of ministers of military production, local development, environment besides the chairman of the Arab Organization for Industrialization, are heading to Berlin on Sunday to learn about the latest technologies used to set up waste recycling plants.
The visit comes within the framework of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's directives to carry out a strategy to implement an integrated system to eliminate waste issue, benefiting from the German expertise in this regard.
The strategy includes developing plans to increase the efficiency of the waste recycling plants located in the governorates, to supply some plants with new lines and equipment with latest technology, by taking advantage of the German expertise applied in this field.
During the visit, the ministerial committee is also set to learn about technologies used to set up waste recycling plants and ways to use recycling extraction in industry, agriculture, fuel production, and electricity generation.
Egypt has launched several initiatives to recycle wastes and to solve the garbage problem.
An estimated 44.8 percent of Egyptian households dispose their garbage by dumping it onto the street, while 55.2 percent dispose it through private companies and garbage collectors, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).
Egypt has a festering waste management problem, with more than 80 million tons of garbage being disposed every year, according to Egypt’s former Environment Minister Khaled Fahmy.
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