Egypt’s Ministry of Environment and Geocycle Lafarge Egypt have safely disposed of 200 tonnes of hazardous pesticides in 2021.
According to Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad, “The Ministry highly treasures Geocycle Lafarge Egypt’s endeavours in strictly complying to world-class environmental standards.”
Niels Ledinek, GM of Geocycle Lafarge Egypt, added, “Geocycle Lafarge Egypt is honoured to be chosen by the Ministry of Environment to safely and swiftly dispose of hazardous wastes across the country, helping to realise Egypt’s Vision 2030.”
Ledinek said that his company is looking forward to more collaborations, pledging to reinforce our strategy towards actualising sustainability, while contributing greatly to Egypt Vision 2030.
Geocycle Lafarge Egypt, a subsidiary of Lafarge Egypt and member of LafargeHolcim Group, is a leading provider of waste management solutions. It was diligently delegated to safely dispose 200 tonnes of hazardous pesticides, assembled from various regions across Egypt, including Cairo, Alexandria, Upper Egypt, and the Delta.
As part of the ‘Sustainable Persistent Organic Pollutant Management Project’ (POPs) in April 2021, the renewed collaboration witnessed achievements by Geocycle Lafarge Egypt in incinerating 34.9 tonnes of waste back in September 2020.
Fouad said, “The Ministry is always keen on allying with concerned parties to dump harmful waste ecologically, capitalising on modern technology to maintain the health and wellbeing of people.”
“At The Ministry of Environment, we highly treasure the unceasing endeavours borne by Geocycle Lafarge Egypt in strictly complying to world-class environmental standards,” she added, “Together, we can properly attain the Egyptian state’s ultimate agenda of creating a clean and safe ambiance to all citizens.”
She noted that the fruitful cooperation between the Ministry of Environment and Geocycle Lafarge Egypt is comprised of a meticulous examination for all waste disposal procedures. This includes receiving, unloading, and the internal transportation of pesticides, to feeding the factory furnaces.
The minister also highlighted the incineration practices run under the supervision of Ahmed Abdelhamid, Director of the Sustainable POPs Management Project. This is in collaboration with Civil Defence Officials, representatives of the Ministry of Environment, and the Suez Governorate.
Additionally, Fouad praised Geocycle Lafarge Egypt’s proficiency in meticulously applying health and safety executive (HSE) measures. Workers are appropriately equipped with specifically-designed protective apparatus to optimise their safety.
This is complemented by an emergency fire brigade vehicle stationed within the plant, to secure the incineration operation and intervene whenever necessary.