Egypt seeks to recycle 80 percent of garbage in 7 years: Environment Minister

MENA , Monday 15 Apr 2019

Egypt's Minister of Environment Yasmin Fouad (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Environment Minister Yassmin Fouad stressed on Monday that her ministry seeks to recycle 80 percent of garbage within seven years.

Now, only 20 percent of collected garbage is recycled while the rest is being buried, the minister told the parliament's industry committee meeting under Farag Amer.

To hit this target, Fouad underlined the importance of setting up appropriate infrastructure for landfills, closing random garbage dumps and promoting citizens' awareness of the importance of societal responsibility.

She called for enhancing cooperation with development partners, including the Military Production Ministry, as regards the nationwide waste management mechanism.

She said over the past few years the Environment Ministry managed to list all factories operating in the garbage recycling domain and determine the types of garbage coming from each governorate to be sorted and handled in the best way possible. 

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