Management plan

Hurghada’s solid waste management plan was formulated with a great deal of consideration of the specific characteristics of the city and the local environment; the plan reflects the city’s sensitive surrounding ecosystems, its urban structure and its socioeconomic structure. Specific plans have been devised for different districts on the basis of population density, urban structure, available infrastructure, and the socioeconomics of the community as well as previous practices. This process has produced an efficient & comprehensive collection plan, which is environmentally conscious and financially sustainable and is aware & flexible to seasonal fluctuations. From the experience gained in the Hadaba pilot project the plan stresses on it being based on community participation.

Street surveys were conducted throughout the city of Hurghada, the surveys provided information concerning the urban structure of each district, entailing the type of buildings the number of floors, apartments per floor, occupancy rates, infrastructure status, road quality and size in addition to waste production estimates. Surveys were also conducted to develop solid waste profiles for different quarters.

Some of the maps formulates and statistics gathered for the consideration during the formulation of solid waste management plan are shown here.

The population density distributionwithin the city highlights the requirements of different areas and estimates of waste production with the consideration of different activities (i.e. commercial, industrial, etc.) and in accordance to the economic standards of each district, as demarked in the map which highlights the different land uses throughout the city.

This map highlights the overall structure of Hurghada as a coastal town stretched longitudinally along the coastline, linking development further inland with the rate of development on the shore. Leading to the conclusion that the 9.8% rate of population growth will decrease in the upcoming future as the coastline becomes saturated with development whose increase fuels development further inland as most of this development is to serve for the growing need for homes and services for the touristic industry that occupies the coast and is the main source of job creation and attraction of migrants to the city.

The next two maps highlight the future needs of this rapidly growing city; on one hand it is evident that the density of construction at this point of time will entail a known increase in waste production for the upcoming two years. On the other hand the origin of migration coupled with the socioeconomic profiles of the different points of origin provides us with an estimate of future waste production.