The Government of Jordan (GoJ) has approved a National Municipal Solid Waste Management Strategy (NMSWMS) in 2015 to reform and modernize its policies for improving and upgrading the overall Solid Waste Management sector.

The Ministry of Local Administration (MoLA) Jordan, operating within the framework of the National Strategy, auctioned a study that included a full ESIA and detailed designs for the New Al Azraq Sanitary Landfill and the Rehabilitation of Al Azraq Al Shamalyeh Dumpsite.

The study was undertaken and prepared by EPTA Environmental Consultants Engineers, with 20 years of professional experience in European and International projects (LIFE, HORIZON, ENPI etc), in collaboration with the local consulting company, Mostaqbal.

According to the results of the study, the New Al Azraq Sanitary Landfill that has a total area of nearly 200 acres and a capacity of 6,000,000 m3 provides a long-term landfill operational capacity for a minimum of 20 years of waste disposal in phases. The first phase of the sanitary landfill will have a lifespan of at least 10 years. In addition, a closure and rehabilitation plan is presented for the current dumpsite in Al-Azraq Al Shamalyeh, which will pause the environmental and hygiene deterioration of the site area.

The next steps of the project are the implementation and completion of the tender for the construction of the project at an estimated cost of 26 million euros.

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