Energy & Sustainability

October 7, 2019,   5:57 PM

This Is How Cairo Is Cleaning Up Its Streets

Jamila Gandhi


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Egypt’s Ministry of Environmental Affairs and waste management company, Environ Adapt, have launched a waste collection app in Egypt, called “Dawar”.

The free mobile application is designed to help members of the public report waste that they see on streets by giving them a platform to get in touch with concerned entities. This includes the Waste Management Authority, relevant district offices, and the Environment Ministry, who jointly coordinate pickups.

In May, Egypt’s President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, ordered officials to design a new robust waste management system for overpopulated areas to enhance citizens’ lives. Consequently, the initiative is part of a newly-announced 2019/20 waste management plan by the Ministry of Environmental Affairs.

On the app, users take an image of the rubbish and upload it on the platform, which is automatically time-stamped with the geolocation. Once registered, the open ticket is surveyed and an authorized collection is conducted. Citizens who report trash receive a photo of the same location following the removal of the garbage.

The announcement comes after the beta-testing success of Dawar. Since 2018, the application has been piloted in the districts of Maadi and Tora, to ensure that it would be a success, as stated by the Minister of Environmental Affairs Yasmine Fouad at the Green Economy and Sustainable Development Conference last week. The Minister added that the agreement to control and manage the waste system will be rolled out to seven governorates: Alexandria, Assiut, Cairo, Giza, Gharbiya, Kafr El-Sheikh and Qena.

Environ Adapt enables users to obtain qualitative and quantitative information and specializes in waste project development for alternative fuels.  In an attempt to diversify its scope of services, the waste management company is connecting residents to local green companies, NGOs and government authorities by including a sustainability news feature in Arabic. Environ Adapt also runs another application exclusively for governmental agencies, which is currently unnamed.

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