Jordan ‘produces 10,000 tonnes of waste daily’

Garbage is seen strewn on the ground next to overflowing waste containers in an Amman neighborhood in this undated photo. (Photo: Jordan News)
(File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — At least 10,000 tonnes of solid waste is produced daily across Jordan, Ministry of Environment Secretary-General Mohammad Al-Khashashneh said, according to Khaberni.اضافة اعلان

Khashashneh pointed out Wednesday that the waste proportion of the capital Amman is 50 percent of the country’s total waste.

He explained that a special law for waste management defines the different types of waste, noting that there are 20 landfills across the Kingdom.

Khashashneh said work is underway to improve landfills to convert waste into electrical energy. He revealed that specialized companies have been licensed to collect electronic and electrical waste.

He said that ministry cadres are working to establish centers in various governorates to collect waste “in an appropriate manner”, especially since some could be hazardous to citizens. He did not elaborate.

On Tuesday, an international conference on waste management practices and policies titled “Extended Producer Responsibility” opened in Amman.

The event was organized by the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety, and Consumer Protection, as well as the German Agency for International Cooperation.

The conference discussed Jordan’s waste management system following the implementation of the waste management framework law and related legislation, as well as reviewed the experiences of the participating countries, including Germany, Egypt, Tunisia, Malaysia, Kenya, and Belgium.

Minister of Environment Muawiya Al-Radaydah said he is committed to further establish the concept of extended producer responsibility by employing cutting-edge green technology, and best waste management practices.

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