In August, Jordan’s Ministry of the Environment started a waste sorting and recycling project at public agencies. According to statements by the ministry, in the first phase of the project, they will implement waste sorting and recycling across a number of ministries, institutions and schools.
Environment Minister Yaseen Khayyat said the project is being carried out in cooperation with the private sector.
Throughout the Levant, there is an increasing awareness about the connections between education and recycling. But like their neighbors in the West Bank, Jordanians suffer from a lack of infrastructure for waste management. According to environmental experts, most of the Kingdom’s municipalities, aside from Amman, dispose of solid waste in open spaces without lining, management or any sort of biogas collection.
Khayyat said that he hopes these waste management projects create a culture of recycling in Jordan. The Jordanian government recently passed legislation on renewable energy. And there also they have turned to the private sector. Perhaps these new public programs will be able to invigorate Jordan’s economy while increasing environmental awareness. If successful, these Jordanian programs could become a regional role model for how policies can make economics serve the public good.
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