Protect human health and the environment from unintentional releases of POPs originating from incineration and open burning of health care- and electronic-waste.

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From September 15, 2015 to September 15, 2021

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 12.4 Achieve environmentally sound chemical, waste management
  2. 12.2 Sustainably manage, efficiently use natural resources
  3. 12.6 Encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices, reporting

Project ID: 4567

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Technical team

  • Chemicals and Waste Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Waste management
  • Heavy metals


  • Hazardous_chemical_waste
  • E-waste
  • Unintentional_POPs (e.g. furans, dioxins)
  • Lead


  • Human altered areas


  • Industrial site
  • Urban areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Health care
  • Electronic

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Innovative approaches
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Capacity building
  • Technology innovation
  • Management operation


  • Community capacity building
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Technical capacity building
  • Best available techniques & best environmental practices (BAT & BEP)
  • Waste management

Social inclusion

  • Private sector
  • Waste pickers

Gender equality

  • Awareness raising (on gender)
  • Women decision making

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 12.4 Achieve environmentally sound chemical, waste management
  • 12.2 Sustainably manage, efficiently use natural resources
  • 12.6 Encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices, reporting

Conventions and protocols

  • Stockholm Convention (POPs)
  • Minamata Convention on Mercury

Private sector(s)

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Individuals/Entrepreneurs

Hot topic

  • Health
  • Poverty reduction
  • Public-private partnership

About this project


The project objective is to prevent and reduce health and environmental risks related to POPs and harmful chemicals through their release reduction achieved by provision of an integrated institutional and regulatory framework covering environmentally sound Health Care Waste and E-waste management. The project will reduce emissions of UPOPs as well as other hazardous releases (e.g. mercury, lead, etc.) resulting from the unsound management, disposal and recycling of a) Health-Care Waste (HCW), in particular due to substandard incineration practice and open burning of HCW; and, b) Electronic Waste, in particular due to the practice of unsound collection and recycling activities and open burning of electronic waste. The project will achieve this by i) determining the baseline for releases of UPOPs and other hazardous substances (e.g. mercury, lead) resulting from unsound HCW and E-waste practices; ii) conducting facility assessments; iii) building capacity among key stakeholders; iv) implementing BEP at selected model hospitals, health-care facilities (HCFs) and a central treatment facility (CTF); v) introducing BAT and BEP to formal and informal E-waste processors; vi) preparing health care facilities for the use/maintenance of non-mercury devices followed by introduction of mercury-free devices; vii) evaluating facilities to ensure that they have successfully implemented BEP; viii) installing and evaluating BAT technology(ies) at one Central Treatment Facility based on a defined evaluation criteria; and, xi) enhancing national HCWM training opportunities to reach out to additional hospitals/HCFs.


Protect human- and environmental health by reducing releases of POPs and other hazardous releases resulting from the unsound management of waste, in particular the incineration and open burning of hazardous health care waste and electronic waste by demonstrating and promoting Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) to soundly manage and dispose of such wastes.

USD $4,240,000

Grant amount

USD $17,568,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($4,240,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Egypt

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