This initiative in Marsa Alam is the first time an NGO has become solely responsible for all aspects of solid waste management from waste collection, to recycling and disposal. HEPCA’s trucks collect waste daily along a 200km stretch of coastline, and transport it to the material recovery and recycling facility in the center of Marsa Alam. The waste is separated into organic or non-organic items and appropriately processed. Much of the organic waste is delivered to the local Bedouin herders, which provides much needed organic matter for their livestock.

Aside from the collection and recycling of waste, the project has also provided employment opportunities to the local community. Further employment and income is also generated through the selling of recyclable material.

HEPCA’s comprehensive strategy in the south has become a model for solid waste management in Egypt; where environmental conservation and public health protection are the driving forces behind the initiative.

In August 2009, a protocol was signed between the Red Sea Governorate and HEPCA consigning them the responsibility of solid waste management in the Marsa Alam region. This waste management strategy was a major accomplishment in our efforts to maintain a healthy eco-system for the southern Red Sea’s pristine and virgin environment.

South Recycling Planet

This initiative in Marsa Alam is the first time an NGO has become solely responsible for all aspects of solid waste management from waste collection, to recycling and disposal. HEPCA’s trucks collect waste daily along a 200km stretch of coastline, and transport it to the material recovery and recycling facility in the center of Marsa Alam. The waste is separated into organic or non-organic items and appropriately processed. Much of the organic waste is delivered to the local Bedouin herders, which provides much needed organic matter for their livestock.

Aside from the collection and recycling of waste, the project has also provided employment opportunities to the local community. Further employment and income is also generated through the selling of recyclable material.

HEPCA’s comprehensive strategy in the south has become a model for solid waste management in Egypt; where environmental conservation and public health protection are the driving forces behind the initiative.