Invited Session: Resource Management and Waste Diversion

Solid Waste Composition Analysis and Recycling Evaluation: Zaatari Syrian Refugees Camp, Jordan (0.5 CEU)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
10:15 – 10:45
Room 318

Moderator: Dr. Sahadat Hossain, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, Department of Civil Engineering Director, Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability University of Texas at Arlington

The presentation demonstrates the composition of municipal solid waste (MSW) in Zaatari Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan. Representative waste sampling and analysis was conducted, including household and commercial waste produced by refugees in selected districts in Zaatari. The sampling was performed in 2015 over two seasons to ensure that the seasonal fluctuations in the composition of waste stream are taken into consideration. The organic waste represented the main waste category with 53 percent of the total MSW, while plastics, textile, and paper and cardboard were 12.85 percent, 10.22 percent and 9 percent respectively. The MSW composition in Zaatari Camp is similar to that in municipalities in Jordan with slight disparity. Plastics and paper and cardboard have significant potential to be separated and collected for recycling. Financial revenues of potential recyclables have been analyzed based on local prices. A recycling model in the camp also is proposed based on the present study findings.


Ammar Abu-Drais, General Manager, Greenplans Environmental Consultations Co., Limited, Jordan

Ammar Abu-Drais

Ammar Abu-Drais has a wide spectrum experience in developing innovative solutions and strategic plans in the field of integrated solid waste management. He has been working as a senior solid waste management specialist with international and local consultancy firms for several years. Recently, he significantly contributed in developing the national municipal solid waste management strategy in Jordan with a focus on the institutional setup component, as an extension of a previous leading role in the restructuring of the solid waste management directorate for the largest municipality in Jordan (The Greater Amman Municipality). He also has been engaged in the preparation of the feasibility study, to develop proper landfilling procedures and identifying the best and most viable options of Dair Alla’s landfill in Jordan. Also, Mr. Abu-Drais participated in the preparation of the feasibility study for using refuse-derived fuel as substitute fuel in the cement industries in Jordan. He also is working as a solid waste technical advisor and consultant with professional international agencies/organizations: OXFAM, GIZ and UNDP.