19 new waste disposal centers will be built by the end of 2019 says Moroccan State Secretary for Sustainable Development.
Rabat – The Moroccan State Secretary for Sustainable Development Nezha Al Ouafi has announced that 19 new waste valorization and burying centers will be built by the end of 2019. Construction of eleven of these is already underway.
Al Ouafi met with the Association of Natural Science Teachers (AESVT) in Fez last week to discuss the waste management in Morocco.
She said disposal, valorization, and burying of waste is a “priority” for the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Sustainable Development. The ministry is currently tackling the conversion of 25 unregulated dumpsites into valorization and landfill centres.
At the meeting, AESVT presented recommendations to the ministry on Law N. 28-200 which regulates waste management. AESVT recommended the law be revised, in particular in relation to the definition of “waste,” to recognize waste as an asset to be revalorized, reported national television channel 2M.
AESVT is a large national non-profit organisation of more than 2000 employees and 10 000 volunteers. It runs 18 environmental education centres across Morocco.
A 2014 report by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), found that Morocco produced 6.852 million tons of waste that year, including 1.2 million tons of industrial waste. Only 35% of waste collected in urban areas was disposed of in regulated waste disposal centers.
The ministry estimates that Morocco will produce up to 6.2 million tons of household waste in 2020.
A National Household Waste Program is currently in place to promote waste collection, treatment and valorization in Morocco. It aims for 90% household waste collection and treatment rate by 2020.