One hundred and one new refuse collection and solid waste management vehicles, financed by the EBRD and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), will make the Jordan capital city Amman cleaner and greener. The vehicles will be handed over to the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) today.
The EBRD investment and DFID’s financial contribution to improve the solid waste management in Amman will alleviate the unprecedented strain the municipality has been facing since the arrival of thousands of Syrian refugees after 2011. The dramatic increase in Amman’s population to almost 5 million far exceeds the capacity of the Ghabawi landfill, the main facility for the capital’s solid waste.
The EBRD is committed to supporting GAM to improve the city’s infrastructure and to upgrade Amman’s solid waste management system. To date, the Bank has provided Din 67 million (€82 million equivalent) in loans to the city alone and by working with other donors, including the United Kingdom, the European Union, the EBRD’s Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Multi-Donor Account (SEMED MDA and TaiwanICDF, who have extended an additional Din 19 million in grants.