Waste management with positive effects in Jordan

ADELMANN Umwelt GmbH (ADEL) has been awarded an order for the design, manufacture, delivery and commissioning of seven waste sorting facilities in Jordan at sites located in Irbid, Madaba, Deir Alla, Jerash, Karak, Mafraqu and Taybeh.

This order was placed by the German Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH) based in Eschborn.

The bidding process was an open tendering procedure pursuant to section 15 of the German Regulation on Public Awards (VGV), in which ADEL was able to prevail against the competition by quoting a customized line concept that was perfectly adapted to the specific local conditions and requirements.

In August 2017, GIZ placed the order with ADEL and in September 2019, the seventh and thus the last line was successfully commissioned and handed over to GIZ and the competent local authorities by ADEL.

Please find below a brief historical outline of the background that led to the delivery of our waste sorting lines to Jordan.

In view of the long-lasting and still ongoing conflict in Syria, Jordan accepted more than half a million Syrian refugees and it became extremely difficult to cater for the basic needs of the population.

As a consequence, the expenses of the Jordanian Government for support services such as public services have risen dramatically. At the same time, the municipalities that were responsible for waste collection within their respective community areas were faced with major challenges as they had to cope with substantially increased volumes of solid waste.

In 2014/2015, the Jordanian Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs initiated the development of a solid waste management system and implemented this system in the following years.

The ultimate goal was and is to create labour-intensive systems of recyclable waste streams in order to significantly reduce potential environmental impacts in metropolitan areas.

By participating in the open call for tenders, ADEL accepted a great challenge from a technical, design-engineering and commercial point of view.

The high self-imposed quality requirements, in particular, as well as the logistical processes and the local conditions on the different sites, were rather demanding on the employees involved in the project in every respect.

Basically, the most important waste materials such as paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, textiles and iron etc. are cleanly separated. Each municipality is then responsible for integrating the resulting materials into a commercial marketing system.

Thanks to the close and efficient cooperation between GIZ, the relevant local authorities and the ADEL employees, all tasks involved in this project could be performed in an up-to-date and timely manner ensuring both, the required quality standards and sustainability.

Against this background, we would like to express again our special thanks to all parties involved!


Karlstadt, November 2019

Udo Schauer

Managing director