Karak Star for Recycling manufactures egg trays and sells them to farmers who keep big hen houses for egg production. In the local Jordanian market, consumers prefer to buy eggs packaged in darkly colored trays. Perhaps this is because the white eggs contrast against a dark background and appear more enticing.
In this photo taken in May 2020 a Karak Star worker is adding blue dye to a vat of paper pulp early in the egg tray making process.
Karak Star for Recycling (KaSR) values the participation of women in our projects. Women have made up at least 10% of KaSR workforce from the beginning of our paper recycling work in 2018.
As we prepare for Phase II of KaSR work, which will involve doubling the output of the egg tray manufacturing operation and initiating a new project to recycle waste plastic into synthetic fuel oil via a pyrolysis process, women should make up at least 30% of the KaSR workforce by the end of 2020.
Cooperation with Community Based Organizations (CBO) in the Jordan Valley
In 2020 KaSR will partner with at least 20 women-led CBOs in the Jordan Valley, who represent about 750 women community members. In the partnership, KaSR will train the CBO’s to collect and store used black plastic such as is used as mulch in big agricultural operations in the Jordan Valley. KaSR will equip each CBO headquarter with an industrial scale that can weigh up to 1/3 of a ton, and purchase collected waste plastic from the CBO’s based on weight and quality. This will empower the women’s organizations and lead to a cleaner environment.
The Jordan Valley is the vegetable basked of Jordan, where around 250,000 dunums (25,000 hectares) are planted for year round crops. Much of this is planted using drip irrigation under black plastic mulch to prevent evaporation. Every year this plastic is burned after the harvest of the land is complete. Another 45,000 dunums (4,500 hectares) hold plastic-covered green houses and that plastic has to be renewed every 3-5 years.
Karak Star was represented by Dr. Akram Madanat and Dr. Basel Burgan at the Jordan Valley Links Exhibition that took place in Amman at the Zaha Center in Khalda on 5-6 December 2019. They were honored by the visit of H.R.H. Princess Basma bint Talal to the exhibition.
Jordan-German Industrial Development cooperation made it possible for Karak Star to host an expert advisor through an advising program managed by the Jordan Chamber of Industry. Engineer Lorenz Rehbach, German papermaking advisor, came to Karak Star through the SES (Senior Experten Service), a German program.
The Karak Star Factory is located in the Al-Hussein bin Abdullah II Industrial Zone, about 90 km away from Amman. Over the month of September, Eng. Rehbach evaluated the Karak Star egg tray factory and suggested measures to improve the manufacturing processes. Over four weeks, the expert worked side by side with the Karak Star engineers through the entire paper recycling process. He gave advice for improving the quality and sturdiness of the egg trays, reviewed the factory’s standard operating procedures, and implemented new weekly and monthly maintenance schedules.
As announced on 7 July by Jordan Valley Links – مشروع روابط وادي الاردن – An agreement signing ceremony held today between MEDA and Karak Star Recycling company.
Under this agreement MEDA will support installation of a pyrolysis line that will generate about 1300 metric tons of fuel from plastic waste. This intervention will also help Karak Star to produce one million of egg trays monthly at a revenue over JOD 400,000 annually.
Karak Star will be engaging 10 – 11 women NGOs with total 780 members from Jordan Valley to overlook storage areas for mulch plastic in preparation for weekly pick up. Karak Star would be expanding outreach to landfills of Karak, Jordan Valley, Madaba & Tafila to purchase annually 1700 metric tons of waste plastic. In addition, landfills contractors will be educated on the sorting of different types of plastics (PP, PE, PET, etc.) and it would be an extra income for them to sell such plastic.
This is an exciting and innovative approach for waste management and to combat negative impact on environment in a productive and profitable fashion.
(in photo above left to right: Dr. Akram Mdanat and Basel Burgan of Karak Star, Helal Ahsan-Ul-Haq and Anwar El Halah and Marwan Abbadi of MEDA) Photo Credit: Eithar Ahmad, MEDA
President of Karak Star, Dr. Akram Madanat, was featured in a recent video interview in Arabic. We regret that the video is not yet subtitled in English but it includes some dramatic video of the Karak Star paper recycling operation and, for Arabic speakers, an extensive interview.