JRA to train restaurants on waste management and recycling

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AMMAN — In Jordan, 1kg of waste is produced per capita per day; about 2.2 -3 million tons of solid waste are generated each year, of which 300,000 tons are recycled, amounting to only 8-10 percent of the total waste generated, according to the Ministry of Environmentاضافة اعلان

In March 2020 Jordan issued the Waste Management Framework Law and has since been working on multiple fronts to increase awareness and improve infrastructure to reduce waste and promote recycling habits that would benefit not only the environment, but also the economy.

Under an agreement signed on Friday between the Jordan Restaurant Association (JRA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on the management and recycling of waste from tourist restaurants, the JRA will take steps to raise awareness among restaurant owners and employees on the importance of waste management and recycling, JRA President Issam Fakher Eddin told Jordan News on Saturday.

Faker Eddin said the JRA will launch a campaign on social media outlets to promote the adoption of the practice at the various facilities, and will conduct training programmes for restaurant employees on managing and recycling methods.  Moreover, the JRA will launch an ‘excellence program’ to motivate restaurants on the use of special machines to upcycle waste into useful material.

“Some restaurants currently use those machines to turn waste into bio-fertilisers, and we (JRA) will work on expanding the practice among all restaurants, and assist restaurant owners on how to benefit from recycling, and even on how to make profit from recycled waste,” Fakher Eddin said.

Bio-fertilizers produced from recycling will be offered to small farms across the Kingdom for free, according to Fakher Eddin.

Ahmad Omari, a Public Relations manager at a leading tourist restaurant in Amman, told Jordan News that he was in favour of the move as it would reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfills.

However, Omari said that waste treatment would require extra work on the part of restaurants and additional employees, which would increase expenditure at a time when many outlets in the service industry are grappling with a slow business as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.  Omari said he was obligated to reduce the number of his restaurant staff by 50 percent. 

Under the Waste Management Framework Law, commercial establishments that produce more than 100 tons of waste per year are required to perform source-sorting and recycling to reduce waste, according to Fakher Eddin.

Meanwhile, and as work continues in Jordan on three main fronts: infrastructure, legislation and awareness, authorities hope that the percentage of recycled waste would increase from 10 to 40-50 percent by 2030.

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