CAIRO: Khalid Fahmy, Minister of Environment, and Laila Eskander, Minister of Urban Development opened the International Exhibition for Waste Process, Recycling Management and Alternative Energy Thursday in Cairo International Convention & Exhibition Centre (CICC), according to Egypt Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA).
The Exhibition will be held from April 30 to May 2 and attended by a number of Egyptian Ministers, including the minister of investment, minister of industry, minister of electricity, and the ministry of Agriculture.
Delegations from the U.S., Spain, Italy, Austria, Taiwan, Germany, China and France will participate in the exhibition, Youm7 quoted Eskander as saying.
The International exhibition aims to exchange expertise in the environmental field regionally and internationally, and discuss the best solutions for air and visual pollution, and their effect on health. It will also tackle increasing environmental awareness through recycling projects, the best ways for waste classification and natural resources conservation.
Recycling types will be presented during the conference, including recycling glass, paper, plastic, fibers and steel, and how it is being involved in different industries, such as car tires and heavy industries, along with the recycling of wood, construction wastes and sewage disposals.
“The Egyptian economy profits from recycling projects; it needs at least from 10 to 30 billion EGP, and investment opportunities of recycling are available. Further, projects like Biogas and factories’ construction create new job opportunities,” said Fahmy during the opening of the exhibition.
The exhibition is the first of its kind in Egypt and the region that targets the biggest firms in solid waste recycling and alternative energy. The conference is sponsored by Lafarge, the French Cement and Aggregates Company.
Waste volume in Egypt is estimated to be around 70 million tonnes annually, varying between 20 million tonnes of solid wastes, 30 million tonnes of agricultural wastes and 20 million tonnes resulting from waterways purification.