Solid Waste Management – Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate Consulting Services Accompanying Measures to the JSC Investment Programme

Every year the waste sector in the Palestinian Territories has to deal with an estimated 1.2 million tons of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), with a waste generation still rising. Uncontrolled dumping of MSW is still the main disposal method used. Throughout the Governorates, MSW is disposed of in unregulated dumps that are subject to periodic burning. This practice causes severe environmental and socio-economic impacts.

From the financial point of view, none of the Local Government Units (LGU) providing waste management services in the Governorates is financially viable as they are spending 6 to 8 times more than they collect. Cost recovery rates seldom exceed 25% to 40%.

KfW provided a loan to the Joint Service Council representing some 68 LGUs with a population of approx. 320,000. The investment programme covered the construction of a sanitary landfill in the Governorates including transfer stations and procurement of long-distance transport vehicles. To ensure effective and efficient management of the facilities, the Joint Service Council, in its role as Project Executing Agency (PEA), was supported by a number of capacity building and training measures (accompanying measures).

Type of services provided:

  • Organisational development and human resources management: business plan, staff needs assessment, job specifications, support for staff recruitment, elaboration and implementation of training measures;
  • Financial management: Development and implementation of a billing, tariff and fee collection system, implementation of a cost accounting and controlling system;
  • Public relations and community participation: development of an overall concept; assistance in the elaboration and dissemination of specific information materials; assistance in the implementation of community participation and public awareness measures for specific target groups. Waste monitoring and planning system: Development and implementation of a waste information system; creation of SWM planning tools, training to PEA staff in waste monitoring and planning;
  • Equipment maintenance: Elaboration of schedules and manuals for equipment maintenance, implementation of training measures;
  • Transfer stations and transport system: Advice in the implementation of the transfer and transport system; development of operational procedures; training to PEA staff on operational procedures;
  • SWM on local level: Improvement of collection efficiency, assistance to JSC and Local Government Units in the closure/rehabilitation/upgrade of existing dumpsites; implementation of pilot recycling measures.
Joint Service Council for Solid Waste Management (JSCSWM)
BMZ through KfW
10/2012 – 12/2017
Contract value: 999,900 €
Open dumpsite near Ramallah