Launch of new Infrastructure at Al-Ekeider Landfill in Irbid

Apr 7, 2017

Cutting the ribbon of the new building at Al-Ekeider Landfill

New management buildings and infrastructure have been launched today at Al-Ekeider landfill under the patronage of the Minister of Municipal Affairs Eng. Walid Al-Masri, Canada’s Ambassador to Jordan Peter MacDougall and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director Sara Ferrer Olivella.

The launch is part of UNDP project “Improving Solid Waste Management in Jordan- Rehabilitation of Al-Ekeider Landfill” funded by the Government of Canada and in partnership with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. This project aims to provide sustainable solid waste management solutions to improve landfill’s capacity to dispose more solid waste and construct buildings green buildings.

“UNDP, with the support from the Government of Canada, is now putting the final touches to complete its emergency landfill sanitary cell. The cell is designed with the state-of-the-art environmental technology and engineering standards"  said Sara Ferrer Olivella, UNDP Country Director.

Walid Al-Masri, Minister of Municipal Affairs said: “the Jordanian Government, in partnership with UNDP and with support of the Government of Canada, has taken serious steps towards rehabilitating Al-Ekeider Landfill which is the main landfill in northern Jordan. This project is a corner stone for expanding landfill services and enhancing its capacity to take on the increased amounts of solid waste caused by the Syrian refugee influx into Jordan”

He also announced that a new standardized investment contract for landfills is under final process. The new contract aims to enhance livelihood and working conditions for waste pickers who work at different landfills in Jordan.

Peter MacDougall, Canada’s Ambassador to Jordan praised the partnership with UNDP and the Jordanian Government by saying: “Canada was one of the countries that realized early the importance of following a different approach to deal with the challenges faced by Syrian refugees on hosting countries, and that is by building human capacity and infrastructure.” He also added that this project is critical for northern Jordan given the potential hazardous impacts it would have on the surrounding community if action had not been taken swiftly.  Canada is pleased to be taking the lead among donors to rehabilitate Al-Ekeider.

It is worth mentioning that supporting municipalities and enhancing municipal services is one of UNDP’s strategic goals as part of the project “Support to Municipalities to improve solid waste management and income creation in host communities”. Solid waste management is a main challenge that faces municipal work due to the increase in demand on municipal services caused by excessive Syrian refugees influx into Jordan. Which is why UNDP is implementing emergency projects to enhance Al-Ekeider’s environmental and health conditions.”

UNDP is currently implementing social and economic activities that benefit local communities surrounding Al-Ekeider landfill. These activities include recycling household waste, special programs for waste pickers to improve their livelihood and work conditions as well as build their capacity to improve their income which will benefit their families too.

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