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.