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Middle East & North Africa (MENA)

The MENA region in general terms consists of the following Countries:
Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya (conflict), Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
The Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) situation within the MENA region could simply be described as - use, dispose of, collect, and transport to landfill.

This region, notably UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait have seen significant population growth in recent years, and with this comes the inevitable increase in Municipal Solid Waste (MSW).

Saudi Arabia alone deposits approximately 20,000,000 tons of MSW per annum in landfills and has one of the highest per capita daily wastes of 1.72kg.

The majority of the countries have no residential recycling schemes and the volume of waste recycled is in single-digit figures (0-9 percent). 

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The general perception of waste in the MENA region is that of indifference and apathy. Waste is treated as ‘waste’ rather than as a ‘resource’. The European model has a different view "one man's trash is another man's treasure".

There is an urgent need to increase public awareness about environmental issues, waste management practices and sustainable living.

Gogreen2030 can provide educational awareness programs in national languages.

Public participation in community-level waste management initiatives is lackluster mainly due to the low level of environmental awareness and public education.

Unfortunately, none of the countries in the region currently have an effective source-segregation mechanism.