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UNDP is supporting the Ministry of Environment in implementing the project “Reduction and elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and other chemical releases through implementation of environmentally sound management of E-Waste, healthcare waste and priority Unintentional POPs release sources associated with general waste management activities” and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project aims to protect human health and the environment from the negative impacts of (POPs), as POPs are organic toxic substances accumulate in human body and stays long in the environment causing serious damage.
The avoidance of releases of POPs and unintentional POPs (U-POPs) like Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs), Furan and Dioxin is vital to fulfil Jordan`s commitments towards Stockholm and Basel conventions and will contribute to the development of the waste circular economy elements based on the 3R (Reduce, Re-use, Recycle) approach principles.
E-waste generation in Jordan is estimated to be 55000 ton in the year 2019, and the annual per capita e-waste generation to be 5.4 kg per capita/year. The content of hazardous components in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is a major concern during the waste management phase and recycling of Waste Electrical and electronic Equipment (WEEE) because it is not undertaken sufficiently and properly.
Improper and unsafe handling and processing of e-waste whether by burning them in the open or dumping them in waste containers cause high risks to human health and the environment because Electronic and Electrical Waste contains many hazardous substances like Lead, Copper, Silver, Mercury, and Halogenated flame retardants that have impacts on human health.
To eliminate these risks and provide better and safe handling of the e-waste; the project procured special portable devices to detect whether WEEE contains halogenated flame retardants (Chlorinated/Brominated FR) that could be found in printed circuit boards, wires, and cables, protecting electrical cabinets and enclosures, protecting electrical connectors and in plastic casing for some Small Domestic Appliances (SDA). These devices will be used to inspect the WEEE stored at Swaqa landfill for hazardous waste under the direct supervision from the MoEnv engineers.
Swaqa landfill is the only facility for the management and storage of Hazardous waste, which was established in the 1980s. The site is located at approximately 120 km Southeast of Amman in a remote area of desert, not connected to utilities.
Through the POPs Reduction and Elimination Project, UNDP seeks the engagement of a service provider to design and implement the storage management that includes the cleanup of the e-waste collection hangar in Swaqa Landfill, rearrangement, sorting of each category separately, labeling and repackaging e-waste that contains plastic that has been proven to contain POPs, which is to be stored in a proper way until final disposal. The term of the contract will be for approximately five (5) months.
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