Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy announced on Saturday that authorities have removed about 3.3 million tonnes of solid waste from Egypt’s since the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in March.
Shaarawy said that Greater Cairo region accounted for nearly half of the total waste, about 48%, during the period from 18 March until 14 May. The collected waste has been sent for safe disposal.
The minister added that Greater Cairo was the largest producer of waste, reaching about one million tonnes of waste. The New Valley, North Sinai and South Sinai governorates generated the least amount of waste.
Giza governorate removed about 524,000 tonnes of waste, Qaliubiya removed 62,000 tonnes, Alexandria removed 235,000 tonnes, in Beni Suef 40,000 tonnes, South Sinai 7,125 tonnes, and Gharbeya 114,000 tonnes.
Assiut governorate removed 88,000 tonnes, Suez 14,000 tonnes, Menoufiya 146,000 tonnes, Sharqeya 135,000 tonnes, in Ismailia 51,000 tonnes, in Luxor 28,000 tonnes, in Daqahleya 168,000 tonnes, Minya 88,000 tonnes, and in Aswan 16,000 tonnes.
In Fayoum, the concerned authorities have removed 72,000 tonnes, in Qena 30,000 tonnes, in Kafr El-Sheikh 65,000 tonnes, in Beheira 197,000 tonnes, in Matrouh 40,000 tonnes, in Red Sea 26,000 tonnes, in Damietta 40,000 tonnes, in North Sinai 9518 tonnes, in Port Said 28,000 tonnes, in the New Valley 5,000 tonnes, and in Sohag 80,000 tonnes.