How and where to recycle in Amman

As an avid recycler, upon arriving in Jordan it shocked me to see that there is no municipal recycling offered. I cringed every time I would toss a bottle or piece of paper into the trash. To make this even worse, the tap water is not drinkable in Jordan, so that means A LOT of plastic bottles are being used. I tried to come up with my own ways to minimize my personal contribution of plastic bottles to the landfills of Jordan with this simple solution – A water pump and water cooler jugs.

save plastic bottles amman

You can buy the “water pump” to attach to any water cooler jug at Carrefour and the large cooler size jugs at most any supermarket. If you don’t see the cooler jugs right away, you can ask, they most likely have them in the warehouse. The Aquafina 12 liter jug pictured above costs around 2.5 JD but is not refillable, whereas the Nestle 18.9 liter jug costs 5 JD for the first full jug, and 2.70 JD to refill it afterwards at the same place you bought it.

But even with these simple environmental life hacks, I still had a LOT of recycling piling up at home, so I did a bit of research to find out if there was any possible way to recycle in Amman, and I came across the following places:

BE Environmental Services بيئي

BE Environmental Services (BE) was founded in 2008 with the “aim to reduce the impact of waste on the environment and to maximize its resource value to the benefit of the Jordanian economy and population”.  They have a domestic recycling center, dubbed “Cozmo Recycling Centre”, open to the public where you can bring your recyclables 7 days a week.

Location: Opposite the COZMO Supermarket main entrance carpark at the 7th Circle in Sweifieh
cozmo recycling center amman
They accept the following items for recycling:

  • Paper of any kind
  • Any metal, including aluminum (e.g. soda cans), steel and other scrap
  • Polyehtylene terephtalate (PET) bottles (e.g. plastic water and soda bottles) and all other plastic materials, including wrappings, bags, containers, boxes, Styrofoam etc.
  • Wood scraps including broken furniture, pallets, cable rolls etc.
  • Printer and copier toner cartridges, batteries of any size and kind
  • Old bread and used cooking oil

FYI – they do not accept glass because there are no glass recycling plants in Jordan (I need to get one of these!)

bins recycling center in amman

BE also offers Waste Management Services for businesses to recycle on-site and is currently working on a reward system to encourage everyone to separate at the source, whether at home or at the office.

To find out more you can contact them on the BE Environmental Services Facebook page.

ESP – Environmental Solutions Pioneer

ESP waste management app amman

Update: ESP app has been discontinued due to lack of funds. I am leaving the information in the case you want to contact them to help support their cause.

ESP is an app which allows users to manage their household waste at the click of a button. All you have to do is request the ESP collection wagon via the app and it will arrive at your destination within 24 hours (for free!). They will collect aluminum, non-ferrous metals, plastic bottles, paper, and cardboard.

Marche Gourmet Stores

marche gourmet stores recycling amman

Marche Gourmet Stores supermarket in Abdoun has paper, cans, and metals recycling bins outside their doors.

Ziadat4Recycling

ziadat workshop amman

In Jabal al-Lweibdeh you can find the Ziadat4Recycling workshop. They take old pieces and objects and upcycle them into new products. You can read more about them here.

In addition to their workshop, they also have a recycling box where you can drop off your plastic, glass, metal and paper 24/7.

IKEA

ikea amman

Have a lot of paper and cardboard stockpiled? Did you know you can bring it to IKEA’s recycling center? Read more about IKEA’s go green local initiatives here.

Nour Al Barakah

nour al barakah organic compost
compost bins at Nour Al Barakah community garden

You may have heard of Nour Al Barakah because they have a farmer’s market every Saturday at their community garden off Mecca Street (map). But they are also pros at recycling organic waste to turn it into composted soil that can be reused. If you don’t want to follow our guide to compost at home just yet, then you can drop off your compostable waste (no meat, no bones) in a cardboard box at the Nour Al Barakah center and they will do it for you!

PRAKTI

prakti upcycle workshop amman

PRAKTI is a Jordanian start-up which turns old pieces into something new. Their workshop is located in Swefieh and there you can drop-off discarded wood, plastic bottles, old ropes, and old furniture.

Do you know other places in Amman to recycle? Let me know in the comments below…


18 thoughts on “How and where to recycle in Amman

  1. In Jabal al-Lweibdeh! @ziadat4recycling we also have a recycling box in front of the workshop where you can put your plastic, glass, metal and paper. Open 24/7!

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      1. Just some info to be added
        Tap water in Jordan to be considered one of top ten or twenty drinkable water in the world according to specialists.
        Paper and metal recycling in Jordan back for so many centuries, we just don’t talk that much ,
        ask to find answers

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  2. Hi there I am going hiking next month in Jordan (Mar 2018)I am trying ta zero waste impact (and of course drinking water and zero waste packaging play a large part in this)
    1. I read your post about drinking water in Amman – what about Dana-Petra?
    2. I am going to carry my trash but also is there any chance it will be recycled – or just dump it in the next place I stay?
    Any other tips.

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    1. Hi there @desert hiker
      Wow this sounds like an awesome trip. I would love to write an article about how your experience was afterwards. Let me know if you’re interested.
      I recommend getting one of these bottles with a filter in them, that was you can be sure you are on the safe side and don’t have to buy plastic bottles.
      I don’t think you have any chance of finding places along the way to recycle your trash… I have only seen a few places in Amman that recycle and I doubt you want to carry your trash the whole hike and then back with you to Amman…

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      1. Many thanks your reply! Yes I would love to give you details on my hiking experiences. I have a number of hiking bottles but your point about a filter is a great one. Also I am hoping that I can at least ensure any picnic waste is dropped off at the next lodging (and if I happen to see any litter on the way to pick it up as well!) At very least we keep the beautiful countryside pristine for those that follow.

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    1. Hi Diana – if it’s not open when you go, there is a drop box where you can place your items in so you don’t have to worry too much about opening hours.

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