Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly toured the first factory for solid waste recycling built in the Red Sea city of Hurghada, as the country pushes towards achieving more sustainability in recycling nationwide.
The premier was accompanied by Khaled El-Anany, the minister of tourism and antiquities, Hisham Tawfiq, the minister of public enterprise, the Governor of the Red Sea Amr Hanafi, and key officials.
Madbouly inspected the plant established in cooperation with an NGO on 22,500 square metres with a daily production capacity of up to 400 tons.
The factory is operated with state-of-the-art technologies brought in from Germany and the Netherlands to dispose garbage after recycling solid waste.
Madbouly praised the cooperation between the NGO and the Red Sea governorate that resulted in establishing the factory, highlighting the important role played by NGOs to serve society, optimise the use of waste and preserve the environment.
In the past years, Egypt has intensified efforts to preserve the environment, with Hurghada becoming the first city nationwide last year to ban the use of single-use plastic bags in businesses such as restaurants, coffee shops, and supermarkets.
Egypt has a plastic waste problem, with at least 970,000 tons of plastic waste produced annually, according to media statements in 2018 by the Egyptian Plastic Technology Centre, affiliated to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.