The Ministry of Environmental Affairs, the Arab Organisation for Industrialisation (AOI) and the New Valley Governorate Thursday signed a protocol to co-operate further in the palm waste recycling.
Environment Minister Yasmeen Fouad said the waste will be used to make into medium-density fibreboard (MDF) in New Valley.
The new agreement is part of ministry efforts to support and develop the waste management system at national level according to Waste Management Regulation Law 202/2020.
Fouad added that her ministry encourages investment in waste management.
New Valley Governorate is a palm cultivation hub, which gives us the chance to profit from recycled palm waste, she added.
The protocol follows the completion of a one-year study on turning date palm leaves in the New Valley into multi-use wooden board.
Fouad praised the AOI for its contribution to research and for selecting the most suitable technologies.
AOI chairman Abdel Monem el-Terras said the protocol would open the way to the establishment of an agro-industrial project that meets the highest international quality standards, maximising the use of palm products and waste.
Modern production lines will be set up with the cooperation of major German companies to produce 400,000 tons of MDF, el-Terras said.