The Waste Management Regulatory Authority (WMRA) was first initiated by the Ministry of Environment to fulfill the vision of building a green, zero-waste Egypt . Under the provisions of Law … of 20.., EWMRA governs the solid waste management ecosystem in Egypt, including collection, transport, treatment, storage and the disposal of solid waste in all governorates and municipals.
To put law …… into effect, EWMRA is authorized to plan and enforce regulations of different solid waste management activities in Egypt, to achieve sustainable development as per Egypt's agenda 21.
On the verge of being over flooded with solid waste, Egypt is challenged with excessive sewage, garbage, polluted air, noise, and poor quality of water. While all of these are considered environmental challenges, solid waste remains a major threatening environmental issue to the country. It does not only threaten the livelihood in Egypt, but the civilization and heritage of the country as well.
Due to the fact that these challenges need to be met, and because Egypt did not previously have a law to regulate solid waste management, the situation is deteriorating year after year. According to statistics of 2012, Solid waste in Egypt has reached around 21 million tone/year, most of which from 80 to 88% were openly dumped. The high percentage of the 'not properly processed' solid waste raises a red flag on the issue, since it could lead to serious implications represented in air, water and soil pollution, which will gradually lead to scarcity and pollution in natural resources and food, spread of diseases and green-house gases.
All these shocking truths have led EWMRA to develop this portal, where information are brought up together from diverse resources in a uniform way that allows surfers to benefit the most from it. In this portal EWMRA provides wide array of solid waste related information to raise awareness of the concerned parties and individuals about:
Environment in the Constitution
- - News and events that took place or will be held on solid waste management.
- - Map of the solid waste in Egypt featuring collection and treatment points.
- - Resources including various researches and studies to benefit the field.
- - Regulations and procedures on different solid waste management activities.
- - Awareness on the issue of solid waste management, its effects on the livelihood in Egypt and prevention precautions.
- - Data and statistics
- - Tenders
- - Laws about the environmental management system
The Egyptian constitution states on environment preservation: "safeguarding the environment is a national duty". In 2014, the constitution commits the state to protecting the environment and wise utilization of natural resources in a way that ensures sustainable development and guarantees the rights of future generations (article 46). It adds further commitment on the state to support scientific research and water security maintaining Egypt's historic rights in Nile River (article 44) and that the state commits to preserving natural resources from exploitation and prevent their depletion (article 32).