USAID seeks to increase commercial sector utilization of recycling services in Amman. The Recycle Jordan activity will work with private recycling firms, the commercial sector, the Ministry of Environment (MoENV), and the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) to increase recycling through the following three objectives: (1) expand and improve private sector-led recycling services; (2) generate greater demand for and utilization of recycling services within the Amman commercial sector; and (3) increase local and national government support for solid waste management


Objective 1: Expand and improve private sector-led recycling services.

Outcome 1.1: Improved business performance and profitability for private sector companies in the recycling sector.

Private sector-led recycling services exist in greater Amman, but need to be improved and expanded to provide better overall service, attract more customers, and reduce the high volume of recyclable materials that currently end up in landfills. Offerors should identify existing companies currently providing recycling services and develop technical assistance plans that will lead to expanded service provision, improved business performance, and increased profitability. This may include support in business planning, financial management, or other areas identified by the offeror and the businesses. Sustainability should be a key component of this outcome to ensure that the technical assistance provided by USAID is maintained by the private sector companies once the activity has ended

Outcome 1.2: Recycling services expanded and successful models replicated.

As private sector companies improve their business capacity under Outcome 1.1, they will be better prepared to undertake new business opportunities, expand existing services, or add additional services, such as the recycling of more diverse materials. The offeror should consider economically viable and profitable ways to expand services. This could include new solutions that may not have previously been feasible due to economies of scale or lack of capacity and should complement the outcomes expected from Objective 2 (see below). The offeror is encouraged to consider innovative new models that expand private sector engagement in the recycling sector, increase profitability for companies, link non-traditional partners, and have a significant impact on improving Jordan’s recycling efforts. As part of this work, the offeror should conduct any analysis or studies required to inform their technical assistance to expand recycling services and/or scale up successful models. Successful models should be well documented and replicated and/or expanded as appropriate.

Objective 2: Generate greater demand for and utilization of recycling services within the Amman commercial sector.

Outcome 2.1: Awareness of recycling and recycling services among the commercial sector increased.

Since the current recycling services offered in Amman are unable to keep pace with waste generation in the commercial sector, commercial entities have been forced to seek alternative arrangements, including sending recyclable materials to landfills. With the strengthening and expansion of available recycling services under Objective 1, services previously unavailable to the commercial sector will be offered. By the end of outcome 2.1, the commercial sector will have a better understanding of these new recycling service options. The sector should have an improved appreciation for the benefits of recycling that advance beyond basic corporate social responsibility and are solidified in something like a waste management or recycling plan. The offeror may work across the commercial sector, but could choose to identify and focus on specific types of businesses that demonstrate the most potential for impact.

Outcome 2:2: Linkages between the commercial sector and recycling service providers strengthened

To ensure there is market demand for the expanded recycling services created under Objective 1, service providers need to be linked to the commercial sector in greater Amman. Links may include actions such as fostering a better understanding of recycling needs or limitations of current service provision, creating better dialogue between the service providers and the commercial sector, or developing business arrangements. The offeror should propose solutions that are sustainable for both the service providers, as well as the commercial sector, and support the objective of increased utilization of recycling services.

Objective 3: Increase local and national government support for solid waste management.

Outcome 3.1: MoENV capacity to enforce solid waste management regulations strengthened.

To complement Objectives 1 and 2, and meet Government of Jordan strategic priorities, Jordan must continue to strengthen and enforce relevant solid waste management regulation. The MoEnv is responsible for ensuring compliance with different waste management legislation, and this role will be further strengthened once the Law for the General Framework for Waste Management is ratified by Parliament. However, MoENV will need continued technical 8 assistance to implement the new framework and develop the necessary regulatory tools. The offeror should work with MoENV to determine the technical assistance necessary to advance and execute the new framework and strengthen the ministry’s solid waste management capabilities, with a specific focus on recycling and working with the private sector.

Outcome 3.2: GAM engagement with private sector and licensing process improved.

Oversight for solid waste management, including recycling, is delegated to GAM in the greater Amman region, which is reflected in the MSW strategic plan developed in 2014. GAM is also responsible for the issuance of operating licenses for private companies operating in the solid waste management sector, such as those the offeror will identify in Objective 1. The licensing process can be a barrier for private sector companies wishing to enter the recycling market. Therefore, the offeror will review GAM's related strategies, plans, and capacities in order to identify and propose areas for improvement within the licensing process. Also, the offeror will work with GAM to develop a technical assistance program designed to increase the ease of doing business with the municipality.

Check Recycle Jordan Activity – RFI with deadline for submission 01 May 2019

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