In Jordan, only 10% of municipal solid waste is recovered, while the majority ends up at landfills. Supporting waste management actors’ capacities is essential to minimise environmental pollution and foster circular approaches.
Through this project (November 2019-November 2021), funded by SYCTOM, ACTED aims to reduce the adverse impact of solid waste on the environment and support the economic development of Sahab Municipality, near Amman, by expanding the existing municipal sorting centre. Moreover, ACTED also disseminated knowledge on sustainable waste management practices in community spaces and schools around Sahab.
There are approximatively 20 official and unofficial final disposal sites in Jordan. All but 2 are unsanitary and pose high risks to communities.
Prior to ACTED’s intervention, the Sahab municipality started the construction of a 100-meter square municipal solid waste sorting centre in 2019 through funds secured from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
However, the facility’s capacity was not enough to meet the waste management needs of the 182,970 inhabitants of Sahab municipality.
Waste collection poses difficulties for 97% of municipalities in Jordan who report waste management related challenges such as collection fleet and availability of bins and labour.
Solid waste management fees - paid by residentials, commercial and industrial units as part of their electricity bill - only cover about 17% of waste management costs as estimated by municipalities.
Solid waste management services are a financial and economic burden on Sahab municipality’s budget which ACTED’s intervention aimed to alleviate by improving service efficiency and cost effectiveness.
As agreed with the municipality, ACTED focused its financial allocation on the sorting facility’s extension, enabling the center to reach its full capacity and sort 10-15 tons of municipal solid waste per day.
The works on the 150 m2 extension started on June 25th , 2021 and were completed on October 4th, 2021. Here workers are forming and pouring the concrete slab.
To expand the sorting centre, ACTED has opted for a prefabricated modular construction for more flexibility as well as to ensure the sustainability of the infrastructure. In addition, ACTED ensured daily supervision of the construction works through strong coordination and management of the hired contractor.
Here ACTED-hired workers are also completing the steel structure of the sorting facility’s extension.
Following a joint field visit by ACTED’s team and Sahab municipality representatives on October 4th to assess the completion of the works, ACTED proceeded with the official handover of the sorting centre to the Municipality.
3.8% of people in Jordan recycle daily highlighting the need for more inclusive and sustainable recycling schemes across the country.
Approximatively 4,000 residents of Sahab municipality were reached through awareness campaigns on segregation and recycling practices as well as environment protection. In particular, ACTED carried out 74 mobilisation sessions across 8 schools. Of the total number of community mobilisers facilitating these sessions, 50% were female.
To facilitate regular monitoring of the sorting facility, ACTED established a technical review committee which has been meeting monthly or bi-monthly as needed since July 2021. Here is pictured the October committee meeting.
This project will provide the residents of the Sahab municipality with new jobs opportunities int he field of waste management.
Following the official completion of the sorting center’s extension on September 23rd 2021, Sahab Municipality has been engaged in the process of starting-up the facility through its connection to the public electricity and water grids.
The sorting centre is equipped with a cardboard baler which is a compact compressing machine that enables the municipality to recycle voluminous cardboard waste into compact bales.
This project will help the Sahab municipality to strengthen its actions in terms of environmental protection and improve the overall quality of life in the town.
To support the Municipality’s sorting scheme, ACTED supplied 31 blue garbage bins for recyclable waste in Al Gharbi and Salbood neighborhoods where there is a high percentage of refugee inhabitants.