UNRWA mechanizes solid waste management process in Marka and Zarka camps

06 November 2014
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In a step towards mechanizing the collection and disposal of solid waste, the Director of UNRWA Operations in Jordan, Roger Davies, has launched seven mini-compactors in Marka and Zarka camps. This pilot initiative aims at improving waste management in both camps, where it is currently conducted manually by sanitation laborers using wheelbarrows in Marka camp and hand carts in Zarka camp.

Speaking at a launch ceremony, Mr. Davies said: “This new method of collecting and disposing of solid waste has multiple benefits. It solves the issue of waste collection points in Marka camp, and reduces the health risks to the laborers who manually haul the waste long distances in both camps. It will result in substantial savings in the solid waste management budget.”

The launch ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Russaifeh Municipality Osama Haymoor, Department of Palestinian Affairs representative and Chair of the Camp Services Committee  Khalaf Deghdashi, local community members and officials from the Government of Jordan and UNRWA.

Mr. Haymoor said he appreciated continuous UNRWA efforts to improve the services provided to Palestine refugees in camps. He stressed the municipality’s willingness to facilitate UNRWA work in Marka camp, saying: “The solid waste management agreement between the municipality and UNRWA was concluded for 2014 at a rate that is close to cost price, in support of UNRWA and Palestine refugees in Jordan.”

Representing the Government of Jordan, Mr. Deghdashi reiterated the government’s support to Palestine refugees in the Kingdom. He said: “The Camp Services Committee is keen to continue cooperation and coordination with the Agency concerning all issues inside Marka camp. UNRWA is a major partner with which we work together on daily basis to improve the living conditions of Palestine refugees inside the camp.”

Background Information

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA programme budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s programme budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5.4 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA across its five fields of operation. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance. 

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