Last update:
2019-12-22

Incinerator Construction and Landfill Closures in Qalyubia, Egypt

The planned construction of a waste incineration plant in Qalyubia, Egypt and the planned closure and relocation of the region's dumpsites signals further hardship for wastepickers, whose livelihoods depend on access to recyclable materials.


Description:

In January 2019, Alaa Abdel Halim, governor of Qalyubia (a northeastern region of Egypt), announced that the governorate is in the process of establishing a three-stage waste recycling plant [1,2]. The plant will have the capacity to hold up to 4,000 tons of garbage per day and is intended to collect garbage, recycle materials, and generate energy (most likely through incineration). The decision was discussed at a meeting attended by officials of the company that will help in establishing the plant, Deputy Governor of Qalyubia Eman Rayyan, Director of the Department of Cleanliness Islam Ragab and Director General of Finance and Administration Adel Sabra [1,2]. The governor also discussed plans with the company to launch a smartphone application through which citizens can send images of locations with garbage for local authorities to remove [1,2].

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Incinerator Construction and Landfill Closures in Qalyubia, Egypt
Country:Egypt
State or province:Qalyubia
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Waste Management
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Waste privatisation conflicts / waste-picker access to waste
Incinerators
Specific commodities:Domestic municipal waste
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Egypt disposes 80 million tons of garbage annually. The plant will have the capacity to hold up to 4,000 tons of garbage per day.

Type of populationUrban
Affected Population:5.7 million local inhabitants
Start of the conflict:01/01/2019
Relevant government actors:Qalyubia Governor Alaa Abdel Halim, Deputy Governor of Qalyubiaa Eman Rayyan, Director of the Department of Cleanliness Islam Ragab and Director General of Finance and Administration Adel Sabra
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLATENT (no visible organising at the moment)
Reaction stageUnknown
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Global warming
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Malnutrition, Occupational disease and accidents, Other environmental related diseases, Other Health impacts
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Displacement, Increase in violence and crime, Loss of livelihood, Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..), Land dispossession
Outcome
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Conflict outcome / response:Under negotiation
Application of existing regulations
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:The incinerator is planned for construction, as well as the landfill closures and relocations, and little consideration has been made regarding wastepickers in the region.
Sources & Materials
Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

(1) Al-Youm, Al-Masry. “Recycling Plant Planned for Qalyubia Governorate.” Egypt Independent, Al-Masry Al-Youm, 2 Jan. 2019, 4:42.
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[1] Al-Youm, Al-Masry. “Recycling Plant Planned for Qalyubia Governorate.” Egypt Independent, Al-Masry Al-Youm, 2 Jan. 2019, 4:42.
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[2] Egyptian Streets. “Waste Recycling Plant to Be Established in Qalyubiya to Generate Clean Energy.” Egyptian Streets, 3 Jan. 2019.
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[3] Takouleu, Jean Marie. “EGYPT: Qalyubiya Governorate Intends on Producing Energy with Its Waste.” Afrik 21, Publishing 21, 24 Jan. 2019.
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(2) Egyptian Streets. “Waste Recycling Plant to Be Established in Qalyubiya to Generate Clean Energy.” Egyptian Streets, 3 Jan. 2019.
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(3) Takouleu, Jean Marie. “EGYPT: Qalyubiya Governorate Intends on Producing Energy with Its Waste.” Afrik 21, Publishing 21, 24 Jan. 2019.
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Contributor:Rickie Cleere, University of Bayreuth - ICTA, [email protected]
Last update22/12/2019
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