On Wednesday, 3rd of October 2017, the National Solid Waste Management Programme launched the Pilot Project “Waste Fluorescent Lamps Collection in Alexandria”. The main objective of the pilot project is to demonstrate effective approaches for collection and proper treatment of the hazardous waste, waste fluorescent lamps, through a producer responsibility scheme (EPR).
The action aimed to review the waste fluorescent lamps collection system and signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by the pilot project stakeholders. The MoU defines the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder in the project.
The process of safe disposal for the waste fluorescent lamps includes: having 15 collection points in different areas in Alexandria, transportation of the lamps to Nasreya Hazardous Waste Treatment Center in order to be treated properly.
The pilot project also works on raising awareness on the harmful impact of mercury and the safe disposal of fluorescent lamps.
Various awareness raising materials were developed and disseminated among the participants (animation video, posters and brochures) which will be also used in upcoming awareness raising sessions.
You can view the video from here: https://vimeo.com/238035178
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed during the kick-off event between the different stakeholders of the pilot project, to ensure the commitment of all partners in the pilot project.
The pilot project is part of SECO co-financing to the NSWMP which started in November 2016 and worth 500 thousand EURO.