Gaza: Solid Waste Management
GPRBA's $2 million subsidy is designed to incentivize the recipient service provider—the Joint Services Council for Khan Younis, Rafah and Middle area (JSC-KRM)—to improve its solid waste collection and treatment procedures. It will also incentivize them to improve cost recovery through improved fee collection from users. The subsidy consists of additional funds to be applied via a results-based financing approach, building on the success of the existing project and providing a subsidy for operating the newly built waste management infrastructure.
In addition to bridging finance shortfalls, these additional funds will be used to equip medical waste producers with training and resources to properly dispose of hazardous waste, and to establish operational standards for landfills to address environmental issues. These standards could later be applied across the Palestinian Territories, multiplying the project’s impact and providing the residents of Gaza with a needed but often neglected municipal service for a healthier and more sustainable community.
The project achieved the overall pre-agreed results-based target indicators by the closing date and is awaiting independent verification. Final reimbursement payment against verified results will be processed by December 2022.
As of June 30, 2022, the project achieved the following results:
• The end target of 948,000 beneficiaries has been met.
• Performance improvements in JSC-KRM service provision include enhancements to:
o landfill and transfer station operations,
o secondary collection (container upkeep and fleet maintenance),
o medical waste management, and
o cost recovery.
• Leachate pre-treatment system installation is currently underway, with 85% of the civil works completed. While the system is being finalized, JSC-KRM properly collects and treats the leachate using alternative methods (aeration, leachate pond evaporation, etc.) that meet the required standard operating procedures.