CEOMED in Jordan collaborates with the municipality of Amman and the Ministry of Water and Irrigation to optimize its waste management plan


In the framework of CEOMED, our colleagues from the University of Jordan in Amman engaged two interesting public bodies: The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) and the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI). These two meetings which both took place on 29th November 2022 were plenty of fruitful information exchange about techno-economic viability, technical description of the process and the opportunities and advantages of the CEOMED concept implementation in the area of organic waste management at municipality level. 

The first meeting was held in the Amman municipal solid waste transfer station and had two main objectives: (1) to discuss the best approach to obtain data related to the growth rate of generated fruits and vegetable wastes and (2) to obtain data related to the percentage of packaging material. In order to accurately estimate design parameters for the anaerobic digestion system that will be employed in the cost-benefit analysis. Moreover, the progress of laboratory studies that are focused on the co-digestion of fruits and vegetable wastes with food wastes generated from hotels and restaurants was tackled.

It was agreed that a correlation between quantitative data- for fruits and vegetable wastes- obtained via CEOMED collection and sorting activities and the registered quantitative data generated by the market is to be conducted in order to estimate the percentage of packaging material. Moreover, it was agreed that historical data need to be obtained to assess the generation growth of fruits and vegetable wastes.

The second meeting was held at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI) in Jordan. Knowing that it has an extensive experience with sewage sludge anaerobic digestion, the idea is to obtain data on the capital and operation cost of the anaerobic digestion (AD) reactor, biogas storage and treatment units, sludge dewatering facility, and electricity generation. . MWI staff showed a high level of cooperation and were willing to share the required information through official channels.

Now, they are part of the stakeholders of the CEOMED project.