Supporting Jordan in developing a modern and environmentally sound waste management system

Solid Waste Management in Jordan

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  • Client

    Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Country
  • Political sponsors


  • Runtime

    2021 to 2025

  • Products and expertise

    Sustainable infrastructure: water, energy, transport

Lined-up garbage trucks in a yard


Jordan’s waste management system has been facing increasing challenges in recent years. Jordan generates around 2.7 million tons of municipal solid waste annually. Between 2014 and 2019, the amount of solid waste that was landfilled increased by more than 50 per cent and is expected to double in the next 15 years. The main drivers of increases in the amount of waste are the decampment of Syrian refugees and improving living conditions among the Jordanian population. The ratification of the "National Strategy for Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM)" in 2015 established a framework for the development of a more environmentally friendly waste management system. However, a future-oriented, climate-sensitive strategic framework based on the principles of the circular economy is still missing.


Jordan is improving its waste management system on its pathway towards a circular economy.

A man is working at a landfill


The project aims to develop a circular economy that creates jobs and promotes the ecological and economic situation in Jordan.

The main goal of the project is to improve the conditions for an integrated circular economy in Jordan by improving institutional capabilities, consolidating and exchanging experience, as well as promoting better cooperation between the main actors.

The project supports the executing actors – the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), the Ministry of Environment (MoENV) and the Ministry of Local Administration (MoLA) – in better coordinating their approach and aligning it with the criteria of a circular economy. Dialogue formats between the main public actors and between the public and private sectors will contribute to a better understanding of the roles and competences of all actors. The technical and institutional performance of municipal actors in the sector will be improved. Furthermore, MoLA has set down clear, performance-oriented guidelines as orientation and motivation for the cities.

Last update: March 2023

Stored garbage