Municipal Development and Lending Fund (MDLF) “Studies for Optimization of Waste Collection in Gaza Strip” مشروع دراسة تحسين “الجمع الاولي” للنفايات الصلبة في قطاع غزة

Project Description

The Gaza Strip covers about 365 km2, 40 km in length and 10 km width. It is a densely
populated area with approximately 4,380 persons per km2. The population of Gaza is about
1.9 million and generates around 2,850 tons of solid waste per day or 1,050,000 tons per
year. Solid waste collection, transfer and disposal in the Gaza strip is generally characterized
by being inefficient and irregular. The service is performed on an ad hoc basis with no clear
planning for waste collection and transfer leading to growing concerns over the
environmental and social consequences. Accordingly, solid waste management is under
extreme stress in the Gaza Strip.
 In response to the worsening waste management situation in Gaza, the World Bank –
International Development Association (IDA), Agence Francaise de Developement (AFD),
the European Union and the Swedish Government have provided the Palestinian Authority
with grant funding to be used toward improving primary waste collection. This will be done
through the Gaza Solid Waste Management Project (GSWMP). The GSWMP is
implemented by the Municipal Development and Lending Fund (MDLF) and aims to
provide more effective, environmentally sound and socially inclusive waste management
systems in the Gaza Strip. The project has four main components:
1. Developing solid waste transfer and disposal facilities
2. Institutional strengthening for waste management institutions
3. Improving Primary collection and resource recovery
4. Enhancing project management capabilities
 The purpose of this consultancy is to support the third component of GSWMP‟s work with
the objective of improving primary collection services in the Gaza Strip (i.e. waste collection
from households, commercial establishments, institutions, market places, hospitals, etc.).
 Primary collection of waste is the responsibility of Municipal Councils, Village Councils,
Joint Service Councils and the UNRWA in Refugee camps. Collection practices vary: daily
house-to-house collection occurs in densely populated neighborhoods, whereas collection is
performed twice a day in busy commercial areas. Waste collection from street containers
usually occurs several times a week. Primary collection in the Gaza strip is facing several key
challenges:
o Current methods of primary waste collection are both inefficient and ad-hoc.
o The quality of primary collection is unsatisfactory and thus people are not willing to
pay for collection services
o The fleet of municipality-owned waste trucks is mostly obsolete and in need of major
repair and/or replacement.
o Studies indicate that communities find the current primary collection system
inefficient
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o Donkey carts are widely used. This is partly due to the restrictions and entry
challenges of goods to Gaza.

Project Component

Project Name Municipal Development and Lending Fund (MDLF) “Studies for Optimization of Waste Collection in Gaza Strip” مشروع دراسة تحسين “الجمع الاولي” للنفايات الصلبة في قطاع غزة
PROJECT LOCATION GAZA STRIP
CLIENT Municipal Development and Lending Fund (MDLF)
CONSULTANT UNIVERSAL GROUP
JV with ECOCINSERF
PROJECT VALUE -
DURATION 16 MONTH
PROJECT STATUSIn progress
SERVICES PROVIDED OPTIMIZATION OF WASTE COLLECTION IN GAZA STRIP%