The Egyptian Minister of the Environment, Yasmine Fouad, has announced the expansion of the capacity of the Al-Khanasir solid waste recycling plant in the seaside town of Sharm el-Sheikh. The Egyptian government wants to increase the capacity of the Al-Khanasir facility to 1 50 tonnes per day.
The capacity of the Al-Khanasir solid waste recycling plant is expected to increase in the coming months. This is the aim of a project announced on 24 May 2023 by the Egyptian Minister of the Environment, Yasmine Fouad. This was during an inspection visit to the facility, located in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.
The project aims to increase the capacity of the Al-Khanasir solid waste recycling plant by 10 tonnes per day. Currently, the facility has a capacity of 140 tonnes per day. The waste is sorted, compressed and recycled, including organic fertiliser for the organic waste. This fertiliser is supplied to agricultural farms and hotels in the city of Sharm El-Sheikh, nestled between the Sinai Peninsula desert and the Red Sea.
Egyptian Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad says plastic waste is also sorted and compressed at the Al-Khanasir plant and recycled by a company in Cairo, Egypt’s capital.
A 45,000 m2 plot of land will be made available to the designated company to carry out the various works related to the expansion project of the Al-Khanasir recycling plant. In addition to reducing environmental pollution, “the objective is to meet the agricultural development according to the strategic plan of the South Sinai governorate in the towns of Ras Sudr and El-Tor,” says the Egyptian Ministry of the Environment.
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The project also includes the installation of a waste sorting line with a capacity of 250 tonnes per day in addition to the current 140-tonne line, in anticipation of a possible increase in waste production due to population growth in the city of Sharm el-Sheikh. Currently, the population of this seaside town is estimated at around 54,000 inhabitants.