According to World Bank data, Egypt generated 5.46 million tonnes of plastic waste annually as of 2010, the second highest figure in the Middle East/Africa region (after Nigeria) and the highest among Mediterranean countries, including France, Spain and Italy. Weak governance of plastics production, use and collection as well as patchy plastics management infrastructure are holding Egypt back from effectively address its plastic waste challenges. Although there are isolated bright spots (for example, when it comes to frequency of waste collection), Egypt ranks 22nd of 25 countries overall in our index. Back to Blue will prepare a briefing report on Egypt that analyses the key gaps in the country’s plastics management and identifies opportunities for filling them.
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