In the presence of the Governor of Hebron, the President of the Environmental Quality Authority and representatives of the European Union and several ministries and local authorities, the cornerstone of the European-Palestinian Center for the E-Waste treatment was laid today in the town of Idhna in Hebron Governorate. This qualitative facility for the treatment of electronic and electrical waste is considered the first of this standard. It will contribute to reduce the negative and harmful practices to the environment and public health previously carried out, and to stimulate sustainable economic growth at the local and national levels through the treatment of electronic and electrical waste. The facility will serve the municipalities of Idhna, Beit Awwa, Deir Samit and several neighbouring communities.
The project is concerned with the proper treatment of E-waste, which is an emerging but unofficial sector in Palestine. This project aims to put an end to the incineration of electrical and electronic waste from damaged devices for the extraction of copper, aluminium and iron. A phenomenon that has widespread in various areas in Hebron Governorate. The burning of E-waste leads to severe repercussions with a detrimental impact on the environment and the health of future generations. There have been numerous cases of asthma, cancer, and other congenital abnormalities in some new borns.
At the ceremony, Mr. Michael Miller, EU Middle East Officer, thanked all Palestinian partners for their participation in this qualitative event, which marked a step towards a green and healthy future. He said: " We are proud of our partnership. We are also proud that you have chosen to name this center The European-Palestinian Center for the E-Waste Treatment.” He added: “Europe is taking the lead worldwide when it comes to environmental issues and climate change.”
Miller concluded: " Today, we lay the cornerstone for the first treatment plant in Palestine for electronic and electrical waste. Having it here in Idhna is particularly crucial because this town is facing severe environmental challenges due to it being home to one of the largest sites for recycling electronic waste in Palestine. You and your children have suffered a lot from the environmental impact of electronic waste, and it is time to change this reality. This is the beginning of concrete steps to address the issue. We are not only solving the problem here, but we are turning it into a positive economic opportunity for the people of the region.”
Hebron Governor, Mr. Jibreen Al-Bakri said: "This cornerstone means a lot to the people of Hebron and the Palestinians in general, because it affirms our interest in supporting projects that adopt a healthy lifestyle and a green environment, while at the same time supporting the principles of economic development of the people of these areas and provide them with alternatives to achieve economic independence through environmentally friendly approaches."
Mr. Noor Eddin Jaradat, head of North Hebron Chamber of Commerce and on behalf of the project partners said “We are proud to manage this project which is considered unique and as an added value for reserving the environment and promoting the sustainable economic growth”. Dr. Mahmoud Islimeyeh, Mayor of Idhna Municipality and on behalf of the partner municipalities of the project said “Our partnership in this project and membership in the cooperative society supported by the project is part of the municipal Local Economic Development policy and plan and the promotion of the partnership approach between the private and public sectors”.
The facility will allow scrap traders in the southern West Bank areas of the Hebron region, particularly in Idhna, Beit Awwa and Deir Samit, to deal with electrical and electronic waste systematically and innovatively in a way that preserves their livelihoods while minimizing the health risks they pose to themselves and those around them.
Located in the Wadi Reesheh area of Idhna, the center is in a central location that can serve all those involved in recycling in the targeted areas of the project: the towns of Deir Samit, Idhna and Beit Awwa as well as the neighbouring village of Kom. The Center will include both dismantling and grinding functions for several types of electrical and electronic equipment for waste, i.e. cables, LCD TVs, washing machines and large household appliances such as refrigerators. The Center is designed in accordance with OHS standards and in full compliance with relevant local stakeholders such as recycling workshops, authorities and the community, to ensure economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Naqa’ Cooperative Society for E-Waste Treatment which has been established as part of the project activities will manage the centre. Besides, the Center will serve both cooperative members and non-members alike with some privileges granted to cooperative members.
For more information, please contact:
Fuad Tamimi / Project Manager