The initiative was launched in 2012 to promote rural and community development through solid waste management, production of organic fertilizers that contribute to soil productivity and increased crop production.
The community-based solid waste management project in El Qatta village in the Governorate of Giza contributed to the reduction of municipal solid waste generated by households by encouraging the separation of waste and the production of organic fertilizers.
The project has resulted in creating new job opportunities, particularly among the youth (6 new jobs have been created), generating income for those involved and improving health and environmental conditions. Organic fertilizers replacing chemical fertilizers have contributed to increase of the soil fertility and crop productivity. The use of organic fertilizers has also contributed to reducing the use of water due to its increased water retaining capacity. The introduction of biogas units using animal manure to produce fuel for cooking and the production of compost is underway. The production of compost by vermi compost is also being introduced. The project is in the process of introducing roof gardening to provide basic foodstuff for consumption and for commercial purposes of villagers.
The initiative has raised awareness to the positive impacts of the project represented in generating income through the sale of separated waste and organic fertilizers.
With expansion of the project, which is expected to take place in 2014, additional jobs will be created at a relatively low investment cost.
The State Ministry of Environment of Egypt has expressed interest in the project and is aiming to replicate it as a model in other locations.
Partners: ILO, Association for Community and Environmental Development (ACED); Centre for Sustainable Development Solutions (CSDS).
107 Mirage City, Cairo, Egypt
Association for Community and Environmental Development (ACED), Centre for Sustainable Development Solutions (CSDS)
Hussein Abaza, Director