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Cleaning Cairo: Governor Forms Body to Improve Efficiency of Environmental Monitoring Units

8 May, 2017
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Cairo has a trash problem, in case you didn't already know.

The city produces about 14,000 tons of solid waste a day, according to statistics from the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency. Roughly 60% of the solid waste is managed by formal, as well as informal, waste collection, disposal or recycling operations while the rest is thrown onto the city’s streets or into illegal dumpsites, says EcoMENA.

The current state of waste management is causing serious ecological and public health problems in Cairo and adjoining areas, particularly in the city’s informal housing areas, where collection rates are no higher than 0%. Higher-end residential areas are more fortunate, with collection rates ranging around 90%, although these areas are not completely exempt from the site of litter and garbage.

In an effort to tackle this problem, the Cairo governorate has decided to form a committee to start activating the role of environmental monitoring units in neighborhoods, and to study the problems they face that may be affecting their ability to get the job done.

The committee will bring together heads of the central departments of ICT, control, surveillance, labor affairs, a representative from the General Authority for Cleanliness and Beautification of Cairo, and a number of other specialists.

The team will be expected to monitor cleaning companies while they carry out their work in each of the assigned areas, reporting violations and firsthand observations, while financially and morally supporting workers and providing them with the training required to abide by the system through modern technology.

“The governorate is establishing a system to record violations, identify their location on maps through GPS systems and to inform contracted companies promptly in order to avoid such violations as early as possible,” Cairo Governor Atef Abdel-Hameed pointed out.

Moreover, the governorate is studying the installation of a mobile application to provide citizens with the option of sending their complaints about hygiene, Abdel-Hameed added.

The governorate recently announced that booths will be set up to purchase non-organic waste for the purpose of encouraging recycling.

Alongside government actions, NGOs continue to have a role in solid waste management, and entrepreneurial solutions are finding their way into the industry, one such initiative being E-Khorda, a project that targets recycling electronic waste. 

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