CAIRO: A 30-million EGP contract was signed Monday to collect garbage from Cairo’s blue-collar district of Imbaba; trash bags will be collected from in front of homes instead of informal collection, Youm7 reported.
The contract with the sanitation company comes as part of a cooperation protocol between the Environment Ministry and Giza Governorate. The contract includes one of three sanitation companies expected to collect garbage in Imbaba, a densely populated district that produces large amounts of garbage.
The new system is expected to benefit 250,000 residential units and 18,000 commercial units divided into three sectors, according to Giza Governor Mohamed al-Daly, and the two other companies will sign their contract this week.
The project is funded by the Environment Ministry, while NGOs and the civil society will help in overseeing the performance of the sanitation companies, Environment Ministry Khaled Fahmy said.
The system will be applied in more districts in Giza and Cairo, Youm7 reported Fahmy as saying.
About a decade ago, the Egyptian government hired an Italian company to collect garbage dumped by citizens in large trash cans on streets. Prior to that, garbage was informally collected from homes by Zabaleen, or garbage people, who recycled the trash.