The Ministry of Environment’s Waste Management Regulatory Authority and the private sector companies, AFCO and Tagaddod, signed an agreement, on Tuesday, supporting cooking oil recycling.
The agreement, whose signing was witnessed by Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad, aims to support cooperation between the two sides in the field of integrating women in environmental work through the “You are the Beginning” initiative.
It also aims to enable women to manage their household waste and educate their families about cooking oil recycling. The protocol will be active from the beginning of January 2021, for a period of six months.
Fouad emphasised that the protocol provides a different approach to dealing with water pollution and striving to prevent it early on. This will occur not only through raising awareness on the dangers of improperly disposed used cooking oil, but also by providing the opportunity for women to safely dispose of those oils.
Cooking oil could be safely disposed through the “Green Pan” service for recycling cooking oils, which currently serves about 1,000 families per month, and has 9,000 subscriptions.
“We aim for the initiative to reach more than 5 million families,” Fouad said.
She added that the ministry has adopted many environmental initiatives for youth, civil society, and the private sector. These are part of campaigns encouraging community participation to create a clean environment, including the initiative to clean the Nile River from waste (Very Nile).