Dr. Mamdouh Khalil, a professor of environmental sciences at Cairo University, told Al-Shorfa there is currently a waste disposal crisis in Egypt, because of the lack of waste recycling plants.
According to Khalil, a culture of recycling and re-utilising waste is almost non-existent in Egyptian society. The Egyptian government will face this same issue as many other governments in the region. Khalil said that if waste were properly utilized, it could supply 35 percent of the raw materials used in local Egyptian production.
Maged Boulos, a pollution monitor with Egypt’s Environment Ministry, reportedly said Cairo produces nearly 10 tons of garbage each day, 13 percent of the garbage Egypt produces daily. Boulos described recent government moves to improve national waste disposal, such as the creation of a Solid Waste Agency, a new government body dedicated to addressing the waste crisis. It has now been charged with repairing, increasing and managing the nation’s recycling facilities, currently numbered at 65. Boulos said harvesting the resources in waste, through recycling and waste management, could create over one million Egyptian jobs.
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