As the population of Amman, capital of Jordan increases, so does the amount of trash produced per day. The most recent estimate is that over the summer, the amount of garbage produced daily in Amman will increase to 750 tons.
In an effort to stem the tide, the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) in cooperation with the Jordan Environment Society are spearheading a new initiative to recycle solid waste.
Until now, the capital’s garbage has been dumped in the Ghabawi landfill. The new Collection and Segregation of Solid Waste project will both introduce the recycling method into the handling of garbage, and expand the capacity of the city’s landfills.
The project is now in the first phase, and will feature 1,000 recycling bins in various districts of Amman. GAM officials have stated that there will be a promotional campaign throughout Amman to encourage citizens to participate in recycling.
The success of the project is crucial: If recycling catches on in the selected districts, more bins will be installed in other areas of the city.
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