UNDP Jordan Enhances Health and Environmental Conditions of Al-kaidar Landfill

Aug 22, 2017

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), funded by the Government of Canada and in a collaboration with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Joint Services Council in Irbid, initiated the establishment of the first sanitary cell in Al-kaidar landfill, the second largest landfill in Jordan in the Northern region, in accordance with the international standards for solid waste cell lining, leachate collection system and biogas collection system.

Since the landfill has reached its full capacity due to the increase in population, the change in consumption patterns and the large influx of refugees in recent years, in addition to the limitated number of land suitable for waste disposal, it was decided to build and operate this cell on an area of approximately 50,000 square meters in Al-Ekaidar landfill.

The design of the new cell satisfies international standards; the leachate will be collected and pumped to a padded lagoon currently under construction. The padded lagoon will collect, treat and dispose of leachate from the newly built cell as well as new cells that will be added to Al-Ekaider in the future. In a few years, it will be possible to produce biogas from the lagoon for the purpose of generating electricity.

The lining of the new cell to prevent the leakage of toxic substances into the soil and nearby water resources is part of the project “Rehabilitation of Al Ekaider Landfill” which aims to manage solid waste in a more efficient and environmentally friendly manner.

Since 2015, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has rehabilitated the old buildings at Al-Ekaider and built new administration buildings, machinery workshops and facilities for waste pickers, as well as provided the landfill with the necessary modern machinery, repaired internal roads and expanded the main entrance. It is planned to install solar-powered lights on the sides of the internal roads of Al-Ekaider landfill and build a green belt of trees around the landfill to enhance the environmental and health conditions of the surrounding area.

It is worth mentioning that the work on lining Al-Ekaidar solid waste cell started in August 2017 and is expected to finish by the end of September of the same year.

The newly constructed landfill cell at Al-Ekaider is part of the project “Improving Solid Waste Management and Income Creation in Host Communities – The Rebilitation of Al-Ekaider Landfill” which was launched by UNDP Jordan in 2015 and will continue until 2019.

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