The first state-of-the-art solid waste recycling facility in Irbid Governorate marked its grand opening by hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony under the patronage of H.E Governor of Irbid, Radwan Otoum, in Truck City. The ceremony was also attended by the European Union Ambassador to Jordan, H.E Maria Hadjitheodosiou, and Mayor of Greater Irbid Municipality, H.E Hussein Bani Hani.
The recycling facility was built under the framework of the EU-funded E4 project "E4 Enhancing Employment Opportunities in Jordan Energy and Environment Sectors". Owned by the Greater Irbid Municipality, it will be operated by “The Jordanian European Project for Environmental Solution” under an Operational Agreement.
The facility is designed to process up to 8 tons/day of paper and newspaper waste and 12 tons/day of plastic waste. Additionally, the facility was designed to be eco-friendly; 100 kW of Photovoltaic Panels will help reduce operational costs, while a wastewater treatment unit will provide the opportunity to reuse the same water and reduce the environmental impact of the process.
The next proposed step is increasing awareness and improving waste collection at household level. Under the framework of the E4 project, 20 schools in Irbid have benefitted from awareness campaigns and students demonstrated interest and understanding of the urgency to start good practices to create the necessary change.