Thursday, 20 May 2021

Zabaleen are getting new competition in Cairo

Gov’t hires two private companies for municipal solid waste management around Cairo: Four ministries signed contracts with Ertekaa Integrated Services & Waste Recycling and Enviro Master Environmental Services to handle solid waste management in eastern and western Cairo, the Cabinet announced. The companies will be responsible for handling waste from the doorstep of citizens, commercial areas and government buildings up until its transportation to intermediate transfer stations, as well as cleaning streets and public utilities in 18 neighborhoods.

This is the second phase of the Local Development Ministry’s municipal solid waste management system, which focuses on securing contracts with the private sector for the collection, transportation, treatment, recycling and safe disposal of waste, minister Mahmoud Shaarawy explained. The first phase revolved around closing landfills, and establishing new ones.

We’ve tried this before, and it didn’t work: When the government turned to the private sector over a decade ago to handle the situation, the companies (European imports) couldn’t find a way around structural problems in the industry, industry insiders had told us last year. This included the lack of a nationwide collection infrastructure and a market that is no longer conducive to the byproducts of recycling. On top of that, the government stopped paying service fees to recyclers who handled waste. Read up on where things went wrong with Egypt’s waste management in our Hardhat piece.


  • Germany will provide Egypt with grants worth EUR 57.5 mn to implement six projects in fields including energy, education, and water sanitation, after the International Cooperation Ministry signed an agreement with the German Ambassador to Cairo Cyrill Jean Nunn, according to a statement.

Enterprise is a daily publication of Enterprise Ventures LLC, an Egyptian limited liability company (commercial register 83594), and a subsidiary of Inktank Communications. Summaries are intended for guidance only and are provided on an as-is basis; kindly refer to the source article in its original language prior to undertaking any action. Neither Enterprise Ventures nor its staff assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, whether in the form of summaries or analysis. © 2022 Enterprise Ventures LLC.

Enterprise is available without charge thanks to the generous support of HSBC Egypt (tax ID: 204-901-715), the leading corporate and retail lender in Egypt; EFG Hermes (tax ID: 200-178-385), the leading financial services corporation in frontier emerging markets; SODIC (tax ID: 212-168-002), a leading Egyptian real estate developer; SomaBay (tax ID: 204-903-300), our Red Sea holiday partner; Infinity (tax ID: 474-939-359), the ultimate way to power cities, industries, and homes directly from nature right here in Egypt; CIRA (tax ID: 200-069-608), the leading providers of K-12 and higher level education in Egypt; Orascom Construction (tax ID: 229-988-806), the leading construction and engineering company building infrastructure in Egypt and abroad; Moharram & Partners (tax ID: 616-112-459), the leading public policy and government affairs partner; Palm Hills Developments (tax ID: 432-737-014), a leading developer of commercial and residential properties; Mashreq (tax ID: 204-898-862), the MENA region’s leading homegrown personal and digital bank; Industrial Development Group (IDG) (tax ID:266-965-253), the leading builder of industrial parks in Egypt; Hassan Allam Properties (tax ID:  553-096-567), one of Egypt’s most prominent and leading builders; and Saleh, Barsoum & Abdel Aziz (tax ID: 220-002-827), the leading audit, tax and accounting firm in Egypt.