Polyeco Group top management and key staff members were honoured to participate in the celebratory event for the successful completion of the lindane and associated waste disposal project in Egypt. The event took place on 24th August in Cairo, with the presence of the Minister Environment of Egypt, Dr. Khaled Mohamed Fahmy Abdel Aal, and the Greek Counselor to Egypt. Mr. Georgios Daskalopoulos. Polyecogroup was awarded this project following international tendering procedure and was the first hazardous waste management project executed by the company in Egypt.
The project comprised the sustainable management in compliance to Basel convention of 240 tons of Lindane and associated waste that were stored in ten 20 feet containers in Adabiya port for almost 20 years. The waste was exported to France for final disposal in a high temperature incineration facility.
Safeguarding activities supervised by Polyecogroup site manager Mr George Tsaimos, initiated in mid-February and were completed three weeks later. Lindane bags were repacked into UN approved Big Bags in order to meet the international standards (IMDG, ADR) for transport of hazardous materials. Upon completion of the repacking activities, POPs associated waste were temporarily stored and finally exported through Alexandria port to France.
The above waste quantities consisted the total and last quantities of POPs pesticides identified in Egypt as per the inventory of Ministry of Agriculture. This fact constitutes the successful completion of this project extremely important for Egypt in terms of compliance to Stockholm convention provisions.
Mr. Athanasios Polychronopoulos, in his introductory speech highlighted the importance of the project for Egypt and expressed its honor for Polyecogroup efficient execution of works.He congratulated the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency and POPs Department for their support on disposing the POPs existing in Egypt and especially, Mr. Ahmed Abdel Hamid, project manager, for his continuous support and excellent collaboration during the execution of the project. Mr Polychronopoulos also proposed a further collaboration between the two countries aiming to communicate environmental issues on a different level, that of culture and social awareness. Polyecogroup has been committed to promoting environmental awareness through art, an objective successfully met by the Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI).