Support with waste management for refugee-hosting communities

Project description

Title: Support with waste management for refugee-hosting communities in Jordan
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Jordan
Lead executing agency: Jordanian Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Overall term: 2017 to 2020


The Syrian refugee crisis is a major challenge for Jordan, especially in the northern provinces. More than 80 percent of registered refugees live outside refugee camps. As a result, the number of people in many communities has increased sharply, which has led to an increase in waste volumes. The municipal waste departments are increasingly struggling with the collection of waste. The Jordanian Government is working to address these acute problems with the 2015 National Waste Management Strategy. Municipal waste management is the responsibility of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MoMA). However, the ministry’s capacity cannot cope with the increased demand.


More efficient waste management in the refugee-hosting communities has improved the living conditions of the population. At the same time, environmentally harmful effects have been reduced.


On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the project helps to improve waste disposal. In doing so, it builds on a predecessor project. Previous measures improved the operational availability of refuse collection vehicles. Equipment and spare parts were provided, maintenance plans developed and route planning optimised. Building on this, a concept for inter-municipal cooperation for the maintenance and repair of refuse collection vehicles will now be developed. In the future, the Irbid workshop will serve as a joint service centre, where car mechanics will also be trained to repair refuse vehicles. 

Four communities are supported in the preparation and implementation of waste management plans. A new fee system for the disposal of waste from commercial and retail enterprises has been introduced. 

In addition, the project has supported the Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MoMA) in setting up a new waste management department. GIZ advises MoMA on the institutional and organisational structure as well as on the training and further education of its staff. 

The measures will improve the efficiency and cost recovery of waste collection.


The waste and fee collection management of the four supported municipalities has improved. Waste collection vehicles are better maintained, and waste collection is therefore more efficient. MoMA is able to perform the necessary tasks in the waste sector. It advises and supports the municipalities with regard to management tasks and implementing regulations. This has improved waste management in the communities.