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Solid Waste Management

Title of the Session

Solid Waste Management

Time and Venue

14 June 2015, Marriott Hotel Zamalek – 4:30 pm-6:00 pm


In the last decades, the Egyptian government has tried out several models of solid waste management. All modes from informal waste management by the famous zabaleen, to state-led public waste management and the contracting of international companies for waste management have proven to be far from perfect. The challenge is to find a model that is effective, sustainable and suitable for Egyptian cities with its small alleys and high population density. This session discusses the current situation related to solid waste management policies in Egypt, challenges encountered, and explores possible solutions that are sustainable and insure stakeholders buy-in.

The aim of the Panel is to discuss:

  • What are the situation and the challenges regarding solid waste management across Egypt?
  • What are the institutional arrangements?
  • In comparison to other sectors of basic urban services delivery (e.g. water, energy sectors), how important are public awareness support measures for an integrated solid waste management?
  • What is the experience and potential of small scale companies and organizations at the local community level?
  • What are the current programs of Solid waste management in the New Cities and what are the challenges?


Mr. Michael Hanna Shukri, Solid Waste Sector, Ministry of Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements

Dr. Guy Bonvin, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Swiss Confederation, Head of Infrastructure Financing Division

Mr. Bassem Sayed, CEOSS Project in Minya

Mrs. Nazli Shahine, Secretary General, Zamalek Association

Dr. Hend Farouh, Executive Director, Central Unit of Sustainable Cities & Renewable Energy, New Urban Communities Authority, the Ministry of Housing


Dr. Hossam Allam, Regional Programme Manager, Sustainable Growth Programme, Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region & Europe (CEDARE)