West Bank Solid Waste Management
Photo: Sintana Vergara / World Bank
In West Bank and Gaza, two of the poorest governorates (Hebron and Bethlehem) at this project's start generated 34 percent of the 1.2 million tons of waste produced annually. The solid waste sector in these two governorates suffered from poor planning, high operations and maintenance costs, and limited financial resources.
GPOBA and IFC provided funding for an OBA project in the two governorates to increase access to municipal solid waste services and improve financial sustainability. The OBA subsidy partially supported to pay for costs associated with waste disposal at Al Minya landfill, allowing providers to focus resources on improving services at other points on the SWM chain. The subsidy was designed to decrease over time as fee collection increases, providing an incentive to strengthen efforts to collect solid waste fees.
Related IFC feature story: Better Waste Disposal Offers Better Way of Life in the West Bank