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Bee’ah to purchase top-range electric fleet for waste collection


posted on 26/11/2014

Bee'ah, an environmental and waste management company, has signed a contract with Alke, an Italian company which specialises in the manufacture of electric units, to purchase the first 10 eco-friendly electric units, specially made for waste collection from cities, sports centres, airports, camping sites and tourism villages.
Bee'ah aims to consolidate the emirate of Sharjah's status at the forefront of cities adopting the best environmental practices locally and regionally, making Sharjah the Middle East's Environmental Capital, in accordance with the vision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, which ensures an environmentally sustainable future for coming generations.
Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee'ah, said: "Bee'ah seeks to find economically feasible and sustainable solutions for the environment sector and to reduce carbon emissions in the emirate of Sharjah. We will therefore harness all available technologies and techniques to preserve and protect the environment." The Vehicle-Purchase Agreement is an important part of the company's strategy, and seeks to bring about a radical change in communities for the better. "Our fleet of waste collection and street cleaning vehicles – completely free from emissions – is a major step forward towards boosting Bee'ah's leading position in environmental management in the region, " he added.
"The electric units that we are acquiring provide environmentally sustainable solutions to meet the challenges in the communities in which we operate, allowing us to strengthen our operations in new areas which are inaccessible for the current fleet, reduce carbon emissions, and all the while maintain the same level of performance." Bee'ah has previously supplied its 500 street cleaning and garbage collection vehicle-fleet with tracking system GPS, in order to enhance the productivity levels of cars, develop more effective tracks, and thus ease the carbon footprint. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395272963891.html

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Bee’ah runs competition to raise awareness on waste


posted on 03/11/2014

Bee'ah, an environmental and waste management company, is running a competition on Instagram to raise awareness on the amount of waste generated in the U.A.E..
Winners of the competition will each win a Dh500 voucher from Sharjah Co-Operatives Societies.
Bee'ah will sculpt bales of waste into the shape of a car and ‘park' it in five Sharjah Co-Operatives Societies in different locations across the Emirate —Gharayen, Sweihat, Halwan, Khorfakkan and Kalba. Those who wish to participate in the competition are invited to take a photograph of themselves or their friends along with one of the bales, using the hashtags #SpotTheBale, #ActNow and #BeeahUAE.
Bee'ah will award the Dh500 vouchers to the three contestants whose submissions attained the most ‘likes' at the end of each of two fortnightly periods.
The first round will continue until November 6 and the second from November 7 to 23. Participants who will enter the competition will get to compete in a special draw to win an iPhone 6 Plus at the end of the contest.
Meera Taryam, Director, Environmental Services and Education at Bee'ah, said: "This competition is a real opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of environmental conservation, especially among our country's younger generations, who are the most active users of social media. Beneath the fun is a serious message: The U.A.E.'s waste generation at present stands at approximately 2.5kg per person per day — a figure which is among the highest in the world.”
To participate, Instagram users must be following Bee'ah's Instagram account (@beeahuae) and tag the account in their photo. They should also ‘Geotag' their image to show which of the co-ops the photo was taken at.
The competition commenced on October 23 and the last day users can submit a photo to be eligible for consideration is November 20. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/inside.asp?xfile=/data/nationgeneral/2014/November/nationgeneral_November17.xml§ion=nationgeneral

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Abu Dhabi's Tadweer, Japan's JICA to discuss collaboration in waste management technologies development


posted on 29/08/2014

The Centre of Waste Management - Abu Dhabi, Tadweer, and Japan International Cooperation Agency, (JICA) are set to discuss ways of promoting greater collaboration in the development of waste management technologies and the development of an integrated and sustainable pest control system in Abu Dhabi, at a forthcoming meeting early next week.
The meeting which will take place on 31 August as part of JICA's five-day official visit to Abu Dhabi which follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Tadweer and JICA in early 2014. Under the MoU, the two Tadweer and the JICA, the independent government agency that promotes international cooperation for the government of Japan, aim to share expertise and explore best practices and latest technologies in integrated waste management.
Headed by Ryutaro Yatsu, Senior Advisor, Ministry of the Environment of Japan, the Japanese visiting delegation will tour Tadweer's waste management facilities including construction and demolition waste facility, engine oil recycling plant, tire and plastic recycling plant, fertiliser plant, the medical waste incinerator and dead animal incinerator. The team from Tadweer will brief the delegation on its projects and top-notch technologies used in waste transportation, collection, processing and safe disposal based on globally accepted environment, health and safety standards.
During the meeting, the Public Health Pest Management Service in Tadweer will outline its efforts to develop an integrated and sustainable pest control system in Abu Dhabi, in line with the highest possible environmental and safety standards.
The discussions will explore and identify ways to support Tadweer's pest control operations through the creation of laboratories that help classify pests and test the efficiency of pesticides. This will support Tadweer's efforts to stem the proliferation of insects that can resist pesticides. Discussions on setting up an insect museum will also be conducted during the meeting.
The visit will also include a joint meeting focusing on Tadweer's future projects in hazardous waste management and municipal solid waste management, especially public health pest management.
In early 2014, Tadweer signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with JICA to promote mutual cooperation in the development of technologies to treat hazardous wastes, installation of electronic tracking systems in waste containers to provide accurate data on the volume and type of wastes, the efficient management of waste dumpsters, and conversion of waste into energy. The MoU also mandates collaboration in capacity building in waste management towards developing the skills and competencies of Tadweer's employees.
Tadweer is the key government entity responsible for all aspects of integrated waste management in Abu Dhabi including the development of systems as well as collection, maintenance, transportation, operation and processing of waste in a safe, efficient and economically viable manner. Using sustainable and integrated systems that comply with the best international standards, Tadweer seeks to align its core objectives to support the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395269017879.html

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Sharjah’s smart bins to save garbage collection costs


posted on 30/06/2014

The remarkable waste container monitoring initiative is created to optimise the collection of waste and recyclables.
New smart bins equipped with "intelligent” sensors are being introduced in Sharjah, which will save up to "20 per cent or more” in garbage collection costs, setting a new precedent in cutting-edge waste management solutions — the first of its kind in the region.
The revolutionary new smart bins demonstrate the innovative efforts of Bee'ah, the Middle East's leading and award winning integrated environmental and waste management company, that launched the pioneering new smart bins designed with small battery-powered wireless sensors.
Khaled Al Huraimel, Bee'ah's group CEO, said the new smart bins sensors offer a major leap forward for Sharjah's environmental sector. "Their implementation is crucial and ... on par with our goals to deliver practical and sustainable solutions to future energy challenges here in Sharjah.”
He said the remarkable waste container monitoring initiative is created to optimise the collection of waste and recyclables. "These devices can adequately measure how full waste containers are in real time and immediately communicate this data to the server.”
This technological advancement, he said, will help to ensure that containers are collected only once full and therefore curb unnecessary clean-up. "Overfilled or half-empty containers are a major cause of poor equipment utilisation, which are common waste management issues because they generate hefty fees and cause environmental hazards at collection sites,” Al Huraimel said.
This new monitoring system can help encourage a smaller ecological footprint by guaranteeing fewer collection routes, decreasing carbon emissions and less traffic congestions.
He said these "intelligent sensors” are firmly attached and hidden out of sight under the container lids. "The inside of the container is measured and details are sent across the cellular network to Bee'ah's cloud server for analysis and display. From there, a list of the containers that are full and ready to be collected is sent to Bee'ah drivers throughout the fleet management system. "The bins will be tagged so their locations can be easily identified ... the installed sensors ... (also) ... track the bins' movements so that if they flip over or change positions, Bee'ah's control room is immediately alerted. Information surrounding heat levels from inside the containers is also conveyed in case a fire breaks out,” Al Huraimel added.
Bee'ah has long been committed to investing in innovative environmental systems, tools and equipment in order to help solve critical issues related to waste management. It has focused heavily on treating waste and converting it into useful material, a strategy that further strengthens its commitment to achieving its zero waste to landfill vision.
Bee'ah's objective for zero waste to landfill is in accordance with the vision of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
Bee'ah's dream is to make Sharjah the environmental capital of the Middle East and the first Arab city to divert 100 per cent of its waste from landfill. – Khaleej Times – Read more: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/inside.asp?xfile=/data/nationgeneral/2014/June/nationgeneral_June228.xml§ion=nationgeneral

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Dubai's ‘My City - My Environment’ phase II


posted on 16/05/2014

Having successfully completed the two week awareness campaign, the waste management department at Dubai Municipality launches the second stage of ‘My City… My Environment' drive on 15 May 2014 to more areas in Dubai focusing on the collection and segregation of recyclable waste at source, thus reducing waste to landfill.
Based on the success and positive response from the community members during the pilot project last year, the department in collaboration with its stakeholders expanded the drive across Jumeirah 1, 2 & 3, Al Safa 1 & 2, Umm Suqueim 1, 2 & 3, Al Manara, Umm Al Seif and Al Barsha 2 & 3 areas.
Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality said: ‘The campaign aims at introducing the best practices for cleanliness and making Dubai a greener city. it also emphasises Dubai Municipality's continuous efforts on high quality services to keep the city clean,'.
‘This door-to-door waste collection and recycling service for all the residents is a unique initiative that will educate the public and allow them to help Dubai Municipality in recycling the household waste in an efficient manner,' Lootah said.
Eng. Abdul Majeed Saifaie, director of waste management department said : ‘Dubai adheres to global standards when it comes to cleaner and greener environment. As we are moving forward to host EXPO 2020, our aim is to make Dubai clean and green. Hence, we have launched several such initiatives to create a healthy ecosystem. We are confident that this unique initiative will be a great success with the help of public support. In fact, Dubai residents have always shown great support for anything we do to encourage more recycling in this city'.
‘In addition, the cleaner communities would lead to a more pleasant lifestyle, keep the residents morale high and sickness rate low, thus creating the necessary social conditions for higher economic growth. This campaign will be wide ranging and we are grateful to have the support of Dulsco, Averda and Trashco for their dedication in promoting this initiative and helping us to take this message across to each and every doorstep,' Saifaie said.
‘Dubai Municipality has chosen Dulsco, Averda and Trashco as its strategic partners for ‘My City My Environment' initiative for taking the message to each of the households in Jumeirah 1, 2 & 3, Al Safa 1 & 2, Umm Suqueim 1, 2 & 3, Al Manara, Umm Al Seif and Al Barsha 2 & 3 areas., he said.
‘This programme will see volunteers visiting every household in the identified areas and explaining the complete process with regard to this initiative. The residents will also be informed about the campaign by using a wide range of communication tools such as the distribution of collaterals, public education activities, road-shows, talk-shows on radio, posters and banners explaining the importance of the initiative,' he further said.
‘As part of this initiative, every house will be given two 240 litre colour coded green and black coloured bins. Each bin carries clear instructions to help the residents separate the waste. The green bins are meant for recyclables such as plastic containers, cardboard boxes (flattened out), newspapers, magazines, books, papers, mineral water / glass / plastic bottles (emptied out), aluminium and metal cans, milk and juice bottles,' he explained.
‘The black coloured bins are meant for all other types of ‘general' waste such as leftover food, vegetable and fruit skins, meat, dairy products, fish waste, food contaminated boxes, disposable cups, trays, containers, paper towels, napkins, eggshells, nutshells ,waste generated while sweeping etc. General Waste will be collected daily and recyclables will be collected on alternate days,' Saifaie continued.
‘Dubai Municipality will discontinue the services with regard to the large trolley waste bins and it won't be visible on the road post May 15th, 2014 in these areas, instead, two bins will be provided to each household with the objective of separating the recyclable wet and dry waste. This process will allow the residents to keep their home and the surrounding area clean and be an active part of the city's green vision,' he added. – Emirates 24/7 - http://www.emirates247.com/news/emirates/dubai-s-my-city-my-environment-phase-ii-2014-05-15-1.549194

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UAE’s first car recycling plant ready for operation


posted on 20/02/2014

Dumped cars that used to gather carpets of dust on sandy lots and back streets can be put to better use after the UAE's first car-recycling plant officially opened on Wednesday.
The plant will extract valuable metals and help to recycle or reprocess plastics, upholstery, cables and mechanical parts. It will also greatly reduce the amount of landfill.
The plant became operational in October and has since been undergoing tests. It has already processed about 350 old cars but its capacity is much larger.
Its shredder, the main piece of equipment for processing car bodies, has a capacity of 60 vehicles an hour, said Darker El Rabaya, director of waste processing at Bee'ah, the plant's operator.
About 11,000 vehicles reach the end of their lives each month, studies by the company show.
"There are a large number of vehicles in the UAE that are being scrapped every day,” said Najib Faris, chief commercial officer of Bee'ah.
"This is the only facility today that can deal with end-of-life vehicles in the country. We would encourage any insurance company, dealer or government department to use this service.”
Old vehicles used to be sold to scrap dealers, who would salvage spare parts and sell the rest of the car on the international market.
At the new plant cars are first dismantled manually and many of their parts, such as tyres and plastics, are recycled at centres already operating at the Bee'ah compound.
Workers separate mechanical parts such as engines and transmission systems, which the company hopes it can soon sell to international companies that take them apart and re-assemble them.
Bee'ah is negotiating with several such companies, said Mr Faris. He said one advantage of this approach is that re-assembled spare parts come with a warranty.
Workers at the compound also manually separate cables, which will be handed to electronic waste traders, as well as cushioning and foam that can be recycled by local companies.
Windows are finely ground and used for landfill cover.
When the car's body has been shredded, machines separate non-metallic parts from valuable aluminium and steel.
Recycling the metals is environmentally and financially beneficial, said Mr Faris.
"It does have a business case, it is a commercially viable plant,” he said. "However, the most important goal for Bee'ah is to reduce waste to landfill.
"Recycling consumes a lot less energy and a lot less water than producing virgin materials.”
While the facility is now technically ready, a key issue for the next few months is to ensure a steady supply.
Bee'ah is in talks with government departments to ensure unclaimed old vehicles in car impounding areas are handed over for recycling.
Car insurance companies and old car dealers are other partners of interest. –The National – Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/uaes-first-car-recycling-plant-ready-for-operation#ixzz2tq44tYHA
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Bee’ah to make Sharjah no-waste place by first quarter of next year


posted on 17/02/2014

Bee'ah manages the Middle East's largest Material Recovery Facility at a capacity to process 500,000 tonnes of waste per year.
Automatic Restaurant on Buheirah Corniche Street is what you have to look out for when trying to locate the head office of Bee'ah, the environment and waste management company in Sharjah with near celebrity status.
The Bee'ah office has a partial rubber flooring made of recycled tyres at the entrance and is therefore, in many ways, more green than the green of the Lebanese joint.
Besides recycling tyres and transforming them into walkways, the organisation does other impressive work, too. Besides rubber, Bee'ah recycles 9.68 tonnes of paper and cardboard every day. They're chronic award-winners — largest this, biggest that — and their wings are only set to spread further with Sharjah bearing the happy fruit of this win-win situation. There is a mission underway by Bee'ah to lead the Emirate toward a ‘zero-waste to landfill' situation by 2015.
A recent study shows that waste generation in the UAE is at approximately 2.5kg/person/day. Comparatively, it is 2.1kg in the U.S; 2kg in Canada, and Beijing does really well at 0.85 kg/person/day.
The good news is that being the third largest such facility in the world, Bee'ah manages the Middle East's largest Material Recovery Facility at a capacity to process 500,000 tonnes of waste per year.
As far as Bee'ah is concerned, it's well on track to make Sharjah a no-waste place by the first quarter of next year. The group health and safety manager at Bee'ah, Mohammed Ahmed Abdulaziz — 23 years in the health and safety and who in the morning hours keeps his office lights switched off since daylight is adequate — says, even "based on risk assessment” – the goal will be met.
The residential recycling programme in Sharjah has had no small role to play in this target. Blue and green bins are placed all across Sharjah. And residents were handed a beginner's kit — a flyer and two boxes of waste bags (blue and green bin liners) to bring about awareness and normalise the habit of waste segregation in households. According to Bee'ah, "The residential programme helped the diversion rate by 5 per cent to 10 per cent, allowing the company to advance closer towards its long-term goal of 100 per cent diversion rate from landfill by 2015”
According to a study, ‘In 1997, the United States Academy of Science estimated that around 6.4 million tonnes of litter enters the world's oceans every year.” And that figure is 17 years old. Think of the ocean pollution you contribute to today by not recycling. And you don't have to live in Sharjah to segregate your trash. – Khaleej Times – Read more: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/nationgeneral/2014/February/nationgeneral_February134.xml§ion=nationgeneral

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Now, a waste separator in UAE that allows recycling at source


posted on 20/06/2012

With the push of a button, tenants of some residential and office towers will soon be able to send recyclables to specific collection bins rather than discard large bags of mixed waste bound for the landfill, says a UAE eco firm.
The company has designed a new separation-at-source recycling system — that is pending patent in the United States — to help the environment and offset operating costs for owners of residential and office building units.
The new technology can be retrofitted into existing garbage chutes in buildings, says WMS Metal Industries, negating the need for major renovations and cutting down on capital expenses.
The system, already installed at Abu Dhabi Central Market as well as New York University on Saadiyat Island, is expected to be embraced by major developers in the years ahead across the country.
Mohammad Nasser, founder and managing partner at WMS Metal Industries, told Gulf News that the company's Enviro-Waste Separator works in concert with tenants who sort recycled material at home in specific receptacles.
Nasser said buttons installed at each floor's chute station indicate plastic, glass or paper and once selected, will route the recycle bag to the specified recyclable container.
"The old chute is adjusted to sort different recyclables to segregated bins,” he said.
When each bin is filled at ground level, not only is the material diverted from the landfill, saving space for general waste in future, the recycled materials are then taken to a warehouse where it is bundled and sold on the market.
Each bin has an anti-theft device so that the materials are held safely until disposal to ensure the waste separator system continues to deliver income for building owners.
"One of the major problems in the UAE is the theft of recyclable materials. Some can be sold at Dh1,000 to Dh1,200 per tonne,” Nasser said.
Tracking waste disposal
Another revolutionary aspect of the system is that it enables building owners to track precisely which tenant is recycling materials to avoid any reusable materials from going into the central waste stream.
Tenants are provided with bar-coded tags that are attached to each bag before they are deep-sixed down the chutes.
"It's in our best interest to give landlords a system that works,” Nasser said.
He said an education campaign can be set up in each building to help tenants understand the importance of ensuring each bag they discard is recycle-compliant. Posters and pamphlets are used to reinforce the message to recycle in the building.
Splitting income
The company, meanwhile, is offering its new closed-loop recycling system at a cost to building owners with a view to forming a partnership with each building owner to evenly split income from recyclables that are collected and then sold on the open market.
"We would share in the profits over the 10 years of the system,” Nasser said, noting that cash outlay for the system pays for itself as recyclables provide a return on investment.
"On a 20-storey building with 80 per cent occupancy with eight units on each floor, preliminary numbers show building owners could recoup costs within one-and-a-half years,” he said.
Under UAE laws, "building owners are free to sell off recyclables,” he said. – Gulf News

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Campaign calls for can recycling


posted on 06/05/2012

The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) collected aluminium cans weighing a total of 16,150kg for recycling this year, the organisation announced on Saturday.
EEG's announcement coincided with its Can Collection Drive, which took place at locations across the seven emirates. A total of 300 government agencies, hotels, schools, companies and families took part in this year's event, happening for the 15th year in succession.
However, despite a successful drive, the total number of cans gathered last year was down by 20 per cent than the earlier years.
EEG Chairperson Habiba Al Marashi said: "EEG has been conducting this campaign for the last 15 years to educate the public that emptied cans are not waste material but valuable raw materials that must be diverted from landfills. Action days such as this one can only be described as an amalgamation of environmentalism and volunteerism in the people of the country. It is during events such as this that we truly see the spirit of the UAE come together for the singular cause of environmental protection.” Ali Ibrahim, EEG Executive Committee Member, who was present at the collection drive near the Department of Immigration in Al Jafiliya, said: "Extracting aluminium from its raw material, bauxite ore, is highly energy-intensive. But recycling aluminium can saves 95 per cent of the energy required to derive it from its virgin material.”
Despite the positive turnout for this year's collection drive, Al Marashi stressed that more can be done when it comes to recycling. She emphasised the problems with decreasing landfill and increase in the emission of greenhouse gas.
"Since 1997, EEG has collected a total of 158,051kg of aluminium cans, resulting in the mitigation of around 2,370 MTe CO2, which has saved an estimated energy of 10,535 MWh.”
Al Marashi also wants to see the UAE improve its recycling rate when it comes to aluminium cans. More than 500 million canned beverages are consumed in the country every year, but only five per cent are recycled, compared to a worldwide average of 63 per cent.
"We need to rally more support from various sectors of our society to instil the culture of recycling among the majority of our residents. However, the change that is required has begun.” – Khaleej Times

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New facility in Abu Dhabi speeds up waste disposal


posted on 28/12/2011

A new operations facility for waste management in Abu Dhabi has helped speed up waste disposal in the city and its outskirts.
The new facility in Mussaffah has helped recycle thousands of litres of water at its truck-washing station over the past three weeks, besides improving waste disposal operations, a spokesperson for Averda International, the waste management company that operates the facility, told Gulf News yesterday.
The facility has several eco-friendly systems including the truck-washing station which recycles 60 per cent of the water it uses for washing about 200 trucks daily, the company spokesperson said.
Averda is one of the companies that have been assigned the responsibility of managing wastes in the emirate by the Centre of Waste Management — Abu Dhabi (CWM).
Hamad Al Ameri, general manager of CWM, and Maysarah Sukkar, chairman of Averda, inaugurated the 27,000-square-metre operations facility in Mussaffah earlier this month.
Al Ameri said the centre was confident it would achieve Abu Dhabi's 2030 vision to make the UAE capital a more environmentally conscious city.
Range of services
Sukkar said Averda was working with CWM to help the UAE leadership achieve their vision of making Abu Dhabi one of the world's five cleanest cities within the next few years.
The company spokesperson said an electronic weighing system in the new facility has also helped speed up the weighing of wastes.
The new operations facility in Mussaffah houses Averda's entire Abu Dhabi fleet, offering 24-hour operations.
Located in the facility is Averda's full range of environmental solutions, including an operations depot with parking, dispatch, fleet maintenance workshop and warehouse facilities, as well as offices for Averda's management, commercial, operations, support and back office functions.
Averda International was awarded the five-year contract through CWM in the middle of this year. It is a prominent environmental solutions provider in the Middle East and North Africa, specialising in integrated waste and resource management services.
It operates in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, the UK, France, Morocco and Iraq.
Zero waste at landfills
Abu Dhabi generates more than 10 million tonnes of municipal wastes annually, according to the Centre of Waste Management - Abu Dhabi (CWM). The emirate generates 33,000 tonnes of wastes per day. Per capita waste generation is 1.8 to 2kg per day.
Since the emirate has already lost 1,800 hectares of land to landfills, the centre aims to dump zero waste in landfills in the future.
It aims to divert 90 per cent of the waste from landfills by 2018.
The centre expects 25 per cent reduction in waste generation by next year — thanks to the initiatives under the Nadafa Programme. It is a comprehensive programme to minimise waste generation and promote sustainable waste management practices. A tariff regime for the businesses under this initiative drives home the message "Generate less waste and pay less fee!"
CWM was established in January 2008 as the lead agency responsible for controlling and coordinating waste management operations throughout Abu Dhabi. – Gulf News

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Residents to be rewarded for using recycling machines


posted on 29/09/2011

Recycling is about to get more rewarding in the UAE. Aside from the benefits of reusing materials and reducing the amount of waste we produce, residents who separate their plastics from their cans will receive a reward when they recycle using a reverse-vending machine.
By December, 106 such machines will be deployed in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah by Averda, a waste management company in Abu Dhabi. A further 112 machines are being rolled out across Saudi Arabia.
Nasser Bakkar, director of reverse vending machines from Averda, said Fujairah, Ajman and Umm Al Qaiwain would be getting RVMs in the future.
Consumers will be encouraged to sort waste through a "Recycle, Redeem, & Reward" scheme.
Such machines are used worldwide. By placing empty containers inside the vending machine, the user is rewarded with a voucher or money for their good deed.
Bakkar added that the full list of participating outlets for which the vouchers are valid will be revealed at the end of the year, as well as the specific locations.
"The machines will be placed in shopping malls, schools, universities and areas with a heavy flow of people," he said.
Various models of reverse recycling vending machines which serve to collect recyclable materials exist worldwide. Some can detect and separate different types of plastic, as well as separate aluminium and steel containers. Other RVMs can even recognise clear, brown or green from mixed glass.
Bee'ah, Sharjah's waste management company has plans to reveal an RVM at the Green Middle East exhibition, set to take place from October 17 to 19 at the Sharjah Expo Centre. – Gulf News

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Attractive waste bins to help enhance aesthetic look of city


posted on 14/09/2011

The Dubai Municipality has started to replace old waste bins with attractive ones decorated with pictures of flowers to enhance the aesthetic look of the city.
"We will place these bins in malls and other public places. We have already formed a team that will ensure optimal use of the means of storing waste as per the best international technical standards," said Abdul Majeed Sifai, Director, Waste Management Department, Dubai Municipality.
He said placing attractive bins is in line with the strategic plan 2015 to enhance the aesthetic appearance of Dubai as the most advanced cities in the world.
Masoud Mohammad Bin Masoud, head of container management and logistics services, said the initiative is as part of achieving the strategic objective to ensure a clean and sustainable environment in Dubai.
"The Department is working towards maintaining cleanliness in all areas of the emirate by implementing the comprehensive plan and integrated waste storage system," he said.
The city generates 6,000 to 7,000 tonnes of municipal waste a day. Sifai said the department is continuously engaged in developing alternative and suitable solutions to dispose waste off in a proper manner. – Gulf News

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Eco-friendly messages to be advertised using ‘wasted light’ on Sharjah’s recycling bins


posted on 07/09/2011

The emirate's semi-government waste management agency — Bee'ah has launched a novel method of using "wasted light” and advertising environmental messages on recycle bins placed on Sharjah streets, it announced in a statement on Tuesday.
The new advertising technique utilises reflective boards placed on Bee'ah's recycle bins situated at prominent locations across Sharjah to light up environmental corporate messages all day, the statement added.
A senior Bee'ah official said that reflective boards are becoming an essential tool for maximum exposure for businesses by helping to reduce the cost of light and valuable energy. The mechanism is most effective in the dark when the boards are exposed to headlights from passing traffic and streetlights.
Najib Faris, the marketing and communication senior manager at Bee'ah commented, "Over 1,750 recyclers are installed throughout the emirate of Sharjah, offering brands one of the highest market footfall and interaction figures amongst outdoor and print media.”
"Being at the forefront of positive environmental change, it is our commitment to introduce new tools to help preserve the environment of Sharjah. Bee'ah is the first company to introduce the reflective technique in its advertising boards, thus eliminating the use of electricity to power lights on the recycling bin,” he added.
According to him, advertising on such media is still a relatively new concept in the UAE, while other street furnishings such as lampposts, bus shelters and benches are being employed extensively.
"Bee'ah wishes to change this perception by advertising on our recyclers. Brands will be positioned in a better limelight, as choosing to partner with responsible ways of recycling and helping to lower carbon emissions, thus fulfilling their corporate responsibility mandate,” explained Faris.
"Bee'ah recyclers have been voted as the best media to reach out to individual interactivity and ensure campaigns communicate between the target audience in both Sharjah and Ajman.”
"The advertisement can be placed on either side of the recycling bin, via reflective board panels or by wrapping advertisements over the entire surface area. Three-stream pedestrian recyclers are an initiative by Bee'ah that aims to encourage recycling amongst the residents of Sharjah and Ajman,” he noted. – The Gulf Today

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Work on Abu Dhabi's strategic sewer tunnel begins


posted on 19/01/2011

H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, and Vice-Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, attended yesterday a ceremony held by Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC) to mark the inauguration of works on the deep sewer tunnel, which is part of the Strategic Tunnel Enhancement Programme (STEP), at Mahawi Bridge area on the Abu Dhabi - Al Ain highway.
Attending the ceremony were H.H Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court and a number of senior officials. "As per the directives of H.H. General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council, the government of Abu Dhabi is constantly setting policies and strategies for development. It also catalyses the adoption of high-tech work procedures to guarantee the implementation of developmental projects to the highest international standards," Sheikh Hazza said.
"The aim is to attain a well-developed and comprehensive infrastructure in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi that establishes integration between different urban development areas and cities. Such projects play a key role in raising the living standards for families in our beloved country on the social level, and lay grounds for attracting investments by implementing international best practices in addition to catalysing the involvement of the private sector for sustained growth," he added.
"Projects such as this constitute a key element in the preparation of city infrastructure that will improve the quality of life for future generations. It also opens doors for attracting investments and enhancing the role of the private sector to utilise internationally-recognised best practices," he concluded.
In his keynote speech at the event, Abdullah Musleh Al Ahbabi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC) and Assistant Secretary General of the General Secretariat of the Executive Council (GSEC), highlighted the importance of the deep sewer tunnel. As part of the ADSSC five-year strategy 2010-2015, the Strategic Tunnel Enhancement Programme (STEP) will be at the core of creating a state-of-the-art infrastructure that supports the stability and well-being of society as per the directives President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Al Ahbabi emphasised the vision of ADSSC, to prepare a solid infrastructure that caters to the needs of Abu Dhabi residents and prepare for future expansion and the challenges this presents for the Emirate. The expansion also plays an integral role in socio-economic development in the Emirate by sustaining the unprecedented boom in all aspects of life.
"It is quite fortunate that our ceremony to launch this ambitious project coincides with the hosting of the "World Future Energy Summit 2011" by our beloved capital Abu Dhabi and the presentation of the "Zayed Future Energy Prize". Our horizons meet as we support efforts of Abu Dhabi to reduce the Emirate's carbon footprint and introduce viable and environmentally-friendly alternative solutions," he said.
The Dh5.7 billion Strategic Tunnel Enhancement Programme (STEP) is one of the longest gravity-driven wastewater tunnels in the world. STEP addresses the need for the efficient collection and conveyance of used water from the expected population growth in currently developed areas and in the development of new areas. The project will reduce power and maintenance costs through the decommissioning of 34 existing pumping stations across Abu Dhabi Island and Mainland, and play an important role in protecting the environment and sustaining high sanitation standards.
STEP constitutes a milestone project for ADSSC as the best practical and economical solution for the long term growth of Abu Dhabi island and mainland. The system will be fully operational by the end of 2014, providing for the expected flow of 800,000 cubic metres/day at that time. Ultimately, STEP has the built-in capacity to provide for the flows of 1.7 million cubic metres/day that are forecast for the year 2030. All treated water will be returned to the urban area for irrigation purposes under other ADSSC capital projects.
The 41-kilometre long STEP project comprises 80-metre deep sewer tunnels with a diameter reaching 5.5 metres. The secondary network of pipes feeding the tunnels extends to more 50 kilometres with a diameter reaching 3 metres. At the end of the tunnel, a powerful pumping station is placed with a capacity to pump 30 cubic metres/second. The gravity-driven tunnels will meet the future development needs of Abu Dhabi in the next century and provide an environmentally-friendly solution.
The event included a contract signing ceremony with the Italian construction group Impregilo, which won the Dh725 million Tunnel Contract 02 of the project. Abdullah Musleh Al Ahbabi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC) signed the contract with Paolo Moder, International Operations Director at Impregilo. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Abu Dhabi launches region's first comprehensive framework for wastewater regulation


posted on 07/06/2010

The Regulation and Supervision Bureau (RSB), the independent regulatory body for the water, wastewater and electricity sector of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, announced yesterday the launch of two important new regulations. This concludes a three-year consultation process across the wastewater sector.
The Trade Effluent Control Regulations govern all non-domestic discharges into the emirate's sewerage system. Previously, there were no formal controls over what businesses were allowed to discharge. This posed a risk to the wastewater treatment system and to the environment.
Under the new regulations, wastewater operating companies, including ADSSC and ZonesCorp, are empowered to require companies to obtain a consent for their wastewater before discharging it into the sewerage system. Sewerage services companies are also required to maintain trade effluent registers recording the activities of organisations discharging wastewater into the system.
Recycled water and biosolids are the treated products of the wastewater treatment process and a valuable resource for meeting the emirate's sustainable development goals. The Recycled Water and Biosolids Regulations ensure for the first time the standards of treated wastewater in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. These standards will maximise the opportunity to reuse products in environmentally beneficial ways.
Sewerage services companies are now required to guarantee the quality of the wastewater delivered to users. This quality assurance will increase the use of recycled water and biosolids. The increase can provide a useful material for soil improvement and help to reduce demand for energy-intensive desalination.
Following the launch of the two regulations the RSB will agree compliance programmes with all relevant licencees to ensure they conform to the regulations within the appropriate timeframe.
Nick Carter, Director General of the RSB, said: "These two regulations are among the most important the Bureau has issued since we were established over ten years ago. As the emirate continues with its ambitious plans for growth these regulations mark a key milestone in the supply of wastewater products. Under the governance of a panel drawn from experts within the sector and from licencees Abu Dhabi now has a mechanism in place to ensure the highest international standards of recycled water and biosolids. This is helped, in part, by a check for the first time on what businesses are putting into the sewerage system.
"The consultation process has been long and thorough. I would like to thank all those who have contributed towards making these regulations as relevant and workable as possible. With input from such a broad range of interested parties we have strong support from within the sector for the new legal framework. We look forward to working closely with all wastewater licencees to ensure effective compliance." – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Borouge and ADNOC-Distribution initiate a waste collection for recycling programme


posted on 07/06/2010

In recognition of the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) World Environment Day (June 5), ADNOC-Distribution and Borouge have signed an agreement to provide consumer waste segregation and collection facilities for the purpose of recycling at ADNOC service stations throughout the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
ADNOC-Distribution is the leading marketer and distributor of petroleum products and services within the UAE and Borouge is a leading provider of innovative plastics solutions manufactured at its petrochemical complex in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi.
The scheme will initially include the segregation and collection of plastics, metal and paper waste for recycling and will be piloted at several service stations during the second half of 2010.
Collection is the first step in the recycling process and leads to the processing of used materials into new products. As a result, recycling prevents the squander of potentially useful materials and reduces the need for conventional waste disposal facilities like "land-fills". It also reduces the potential dangers and ugly sight of litter in the environment. Together with reuse and recovery, recycling is an effective method of handling consumer waste.
The programme will also create awareness and highlight the role of society in eliminating litter and handling waste.
Borouge is a joint venture between Borealis, a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions, and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), one of the world's largest oil and gas companies and owner of ADNOC-Distribution. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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First ever building waste recycling plant opens in Abu Dhabi


posted on 12/05/2010

An innovative new Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling Plant officially opened in Al Dhafra yesterday. The plant, which uses environmentally friendly technology, will process and recycle building waste to produce aggregate materials which can be re-used in the construction industry.
The plant is one of the largest and most sophisticated of its kind in the region. It has the capacity to handle more than 5,000 tons and to reach 15000 tons in the future. The plant will separate plastics, steel, wood, and paper for recycling.
The remaining waste will be processed to produce aggregates which will be reused in the construction industry. The plant will help tackle the problem of illegal dumping of building waste in the Emirate. Using these recycled materials will also help minimise the Emirate's dependency on natural materials and therefore reduce the depletion of natural recourses.
The plant was inaugurated by Rashid Al Hajeri, Chairman of Department of Municipal Affairs and Majid Al Mansouri, Managing Director of the Centre in the presence of Dr. Jaber Al Jaberi, Executive Director of Environment Operations at Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), and Tim Harwood, General Manager, Thiess Services Middle East.
The products generated from this plant will meet high quality standards developed by the Centre, which are based on global best practice. They will be used in various types of projects in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi such as the construction of roads, reclamation, and other infrastructure projects. These recycled products will have the same properties as the natural materials but will be produced at a lower cost than raw natural materials.
The establishment of this plant comes within the 15-year concession agreement signed between the Centre and Thiess Services Middle East to build and manage such a recycling plant.

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Abu Dhabi launches waste disposal system


posted on 08/02/2010

The second phase of the electro-hydraulic underground waste collection system was launched by the Centre of Waste Management — Abu Dhabi in Al Khalidiya on Sunday.
Replacing the existing bins, the system will eliminate odours, scavengers and litter around collection points, thus improving the aesthetics and ensuring a cleaner environment for residents, said Majid Al Mansouri, the centre's Managing Director.
The new 20 cubic metre containers have a larger capacity which will reduce the number of truck movements. Al Mansouri added that the new underground system will be installed at 115 locations across Abu Dhabi by July. The sites have been chosen on several bases such as the volume of generated waste and population densities.
Eight large containers, which are encased within a metal frame and then sunk inside a concrete sleeve in the ground, were built in Al Khalidiya. The only visible element of the system at ground level is a steel receiver unit through which the waste is deposited. Pedestrians, street cleaners and small shops will be able to deposit their waste at street level. Al Mansouri said the containers are fitted with censors sending alerts when 75 per cent full, enabling more efficient waste collection by reducing unnecessary traffic. Specially adapted waste trucks will lift the containers out of the ground, empty and replace them.
The system provides centralised and strictly regulated waste collection facilities for approved users and prevents unauthorised dumping of waste. The new system will reduce the number of daily trips, which will reduce cost, fuel consumption and reduce the carbon footprint according to Kyoto Protocol. – Gulf News

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Major recycling scheme launched in Abu Dhabi


posted on 04/11/2009

Incentives will be given to residents of Abu Dhabi emirate for joining a comprehensive recycling scheme, launched by the Centre of Waste Management (CWM) on Monday.
The scheme aims to increase awareness on minimising waste and making recycling a daily habit.
While those who actively reduce waste and take part in the recycling process will benefit from the incentives, penalties may be imposed on those who stay away from it after regulations are put in place. However, this proposal is pending approval.
The recycling scheme is a preliminary step, and will be implemented in phases. The scheme involves distribution of two garbage bins — a green bin for recyclables and a black bin for waste, to each household. Sorted trash would then be collected by private companies contracted by the centre to do the job.
To enable residents in flats to recycle, a new procedure for waste disposal will be announced shortly, as the dual sort system is not practical for each flat in each building.
"We are launching an eco-friendly recycling scheme, the first of its kind in the region, to help make our city a greener place. Its success depends on the participation of each member of the public and our aim is to create awareness to ensure maximum cooperation," said Majid Al Mansouri, who heads the CWM.
"We are kick starting the scheme in three areas — Khalidiya, Bein Al Jisrein and Officers city. Over a period of one year, the scheme will be rolled out to cover the entire city," he stated.
The objective of the scheme is to reduce landfill disposal and maximise resource recovery, Al Mansouri said, calling on all residents to embrace the scheme for a greener city. In the next few weeks, the scheme will be extended to Al Ain and then Al Gharbia.
The UAE's capital ranks high among the cities which produce the highest level of waste in the world. On an average, every resident in Abu Dhabi generates about 4.2 kilogrammes of garbage per day. This was found out by a recent study conducted by CWM appointed consultants.
Urgent attention
Meanwhile, the average per capita waste generated daily by residents in developed countries is roughly 1.54 kilogrammes. Every single day, about 1,500 tonnes of municipal waste and about 12,000 to 15,000 tonnes of construction waste ends up in landfills, posing a major threat to the environment: "The [waste] situation clearly needs urgent attention and practical solutions," Al Mansouri told Gulf News.
An army of trained volunteers went door to door on Monday explaining the importance of recycling, the way to do it and the objectives of the scheme. Illustrative brochures with guidelines on sorting were also distributed.
In 2007-2008, the emirate produced 5.9 million tonnes of waste. Most of it ended up in landfills and dump sites, where biodegradable waste generated a large amount of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change. – Gulf News

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Environment Minister inaugurates region’s largest medical waste incinerator


posted on 11/06/2009

Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment '&' Water, inaugurated Wednesday the Middle East's largest medical waste treatment plant in Dubai.
Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, Kenji Saito, Japanese Consul General in Dubai, Essa Al Ghurair, Director, ETA Star Group and Syed M. Salahuddin, Managing Director, ETA Star Group and senior officials of the Municipality were present on the occasion.
The UAE's first and largest vertical medical incinerator is also the world's second-of-its-kind. The project was implemented by Dubai Municipality and Zenath Group, the recycling and waste management arm of ETA Star Group. Located at Dubai Municipality's waste treatment complex at Jebel Ali, the Dh24 million-incinerator has a total treatment capacity of 19.2 tonnes of medical waste per day on a 24 hour continuous run.
Congratulating Dubai Municipality and ETA Zenath Group for the prestigious endeavour, the Environment Minister said the cooperation between the public and private sectors in varied areas of sustainable development will go a long way in protecting the environment of the country.
The ETA Star group has tied up with Mitsubishi Corporation and Plantec Corporation of Japan to obtain the vertical incineration technology, known for effective treatment of infectious waste. The new incinerator, which has met the standards set by EIA and Dubai Municipality Environment Department, will run for 330 days in a year, with 30 days set aside for maintenance work and operational shutdown.
Unlike other waste, treatment of medical waste has always been a very daunting task as it contains infectious microbes that vary in calorific value. Plantec Corporation has devised the technology for treating such material through the use of vertical incinerators, which remained the best method of treatment for medical waste. This technology was first incorporated in Japan and has been successfully used over the last 15 years. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Underground system launched to solve waste disposal problem in Abu Dhabi


posted on 08/06/2009

The Centre of Waste Management - Abu Dhabi launched its innovative and electrohydraulic underground waste system across Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
As a part of the initial implementation stage, which will include 31 locations in the capital, the centre will begin operating the system on Wednesday and will initially operate at three locations weekly, Majid Al Mansouri, centre managing director, said.
The waste management centre has worked on implementing a new, advanced underground collection system to replace the existing bins. This system will eliminate odours, scavengers, and litter around collection points. It will also improve the aesthetics while ensuring a cleaner environment for Abu Dhabi residents.
The new containers have a larger capacity increasing the volume of waste collected, which will reduce the number of daily truck movements throughout the city.
The centre will commence the second stage of this system in the more densely populated areas of Abu Dhabi, and will focus on specific locations taking into consideration waste quantities, volume of waste containers, daily trips, and numbers of collection points.
The new underground system will be installed as a pilot project at 31 strategic locations in the Khalidyah, Tourist Club Area, the Grand Mosque, and across the city of Al Ain to examine the feasibility of the system.
The containers are fitted with censors sending alerts when full, enabling more efficient waste collection by reducing traffic. When the containers are full, specially adapted waste trucks will lift them out of the ground, empty the containers, and replace them.
The new underground system will provide centralised and strictly regulated refuse collection facilities for approved users, while barring access to non-approved users, preventing unauthorised dumping of waste.
The new system will reduce the number of daily trips from three times per day to once every two days, which will reduce the daily cost of waste collection, fuel consumption, and reduce the carbon footprint according to Koyoto Protocol. – Gulf News

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Abu Dhabi rubbish will go hi-tech


posted on 16/03/2009

Overflowing bins could soon be a thing of the past in Abu Dhabi. A new rubbish collection system involving underground containers is due to start at selected locations in two months' time before being rolled out across the emirate.
The project, part of a wider plan to improve waste management and recycling, is a response in part to the problem of rats and other vermin attracted by open, often-overflowing bins.
It will be implemented by the Centre of Waste Management initially at 31 places across Khalidiya and the Tourist Club area, and around the Grand Mosque, as well as in Al Ain.
"This is part of our comprehensive effort to move towards an integrated waste management and to create a better environment for residents, visitors and the business community in the emirate,” said Majid al Mansouri, head of the emirate's Supreme Waste Management Committee.
As soon as the system is ready, the centre will launch a campaign to let people know how the new bins work. Each household in the selected areas will receive an information pack.
The system consists of several large containers encased within a metal frame and then sunk inside a concrete sleeve in the ground. The only visible part is a lockable receiver unit.
Once waste is deposited, it is compacted. Sensors alert a control centre when the container is full. This, coupled with the fact that the new units hold more than the present bins, should mean fewer trips for the collection lorries.
The system is already in use in cities in Spain, Portugal, France and the UK.
The waste management centre is also preparing to launch a recycling scheme in the emirate.
Previous efforts to increase the amount of recycling have been hindered by a lack of equipment to sort different types of waste. But that is to change within the first half of this year, according to Dr Bader al Harahsheh, general manager of the Abu Dhabi waste management centre.
The plan is to start with a door-to-door collection programme in a residential area on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi.
"Each villa will have two bins,” Dr al Harahsheh said, explaining that recyclables and organic waste would be separated. "This is one of our immediate projects.”
In the absence of a recycling programme, all of Abu Dhabi's waste has been going into landfills, using up valuable resources that could be reused and taking up ever larger stretches of the desert.
There are nine official landfills in the emirate, with the biggest, Al Dhafra, receiving at least 20,000 tonnes of waste per day. The facility spreads over some 16 square kilometres and has been in use for 25 years.
On average, each UAE resident produces about 1.75kg of household waste every day. That is higher than the average for most European countries. In Germany, for example, the figure is 1.6kg.
However, through recycling schemes and projects that convert solid waste into energy, Germany manages to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills by 40 per cent.
Most of the UAE's landfills were built at a time when there were no regulations ensuring that toxic substances from the waste should not leak into the surrounding soil and groundwater supplies.
In addition, landfills – and not just those in the UAE – emit copious amounts of greenhouse gases. A tonne of biodegradable waste produces between 200 and 400 cubic metres of gas, mostly methane, which has a greenhouse effect 21 times worse than that of carbon dioxide. – The National

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Government to tackle demolition waste


posted on 10/02/2009

The Government has funded two projects to tackle mountains of construction waste and giant piles of old tyres.
A contract, for Dh1.1 billion (US$300 million), has been awarded to Thiess Services Middle East to build and operate a demolition waste facility in Abu Dhabi.
Another to rebuild and operate an Al Ain recycling plant that is already capable of processing 20,000 tonnes of old tyres a year, went to Omnix Group. The two projects will be handed back to the Government at some point in the future. It is not clear when work on either project will be finished.
When they are, they will divert large amounts of waste from landfills and disposal sites that have filled under the strain of a rapidly growing population.
Millions of tyres have been dumped at nine locations in the emirate, creating a major environmental hazard. Old tyres are highly flammable and hard to put out when they catch fire.
Left at dumpsites, where large amounts of methane gas are created by decomposing trash, they create even more of a hazard, said Majid al Mansouri, the secretary general of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi.
"The lifespan of the rubber that tyres are made of is hundreds or thousands of years,” he said.
Omnix Group, a company with offices in Canada, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the UAE, specialises in computer-aided design, information technology, networking and security solutions.
When the Al Ain facility is finished, the recovered rubber will be used to make a range of products for use in the UAE including irrigation pipes, insulation and flooring solutions, and heat-resistant plastics for traffic signs. The 2005 State of the Environment Report estimated that up to 940 tonnes of construction waste was being dropped each day at Abu Dhabi's largest disposal site at Al Dhafra, which covers 16square kilometres. Another site in Moqatra, Al Gharbia, received 5,000 tonnes a day. Both amounts will increase significantly as Abu Dhabi continues to develop.
Thiess Services Middle East, a joint venture formed last year by Australia's Thiess Services and Al Habtoor Engineering Enterprises in Dubai, will build and manage a recycling plant for some of this waste. Concrete, gravel and sand will be used in new construction.
The company has a 15-year concession agreement with the Centre of Waste Management Abu Dhabi for the project, which will take about a year to build and will also separate demolition debris including plastics, wood, ceramics and metals.
Most construction and demolition waste ends up in landfills, although other emirates have been taking steps to deal with the issue. Emirates Environmental Technology, an Austrian company, has been operating a construction waste recycling facility in Sharjah since November 2007.
The plant cost Dh40 million to build and processes 9,000 tonnes of waste per shift, producing a construction aggregate that can be used to pave roads and make bricks and cement.
The Dh65 million Emirates Recycling Plant began operating early last year in Dubai, where the construction industry was responsible for 27.7 million tonnes of waste in 2007. The two Abu Dhabi projects are part of a strategy to reform waste management services in the emirate.
Last year the Centre for Waste Management Abu Dhabi announced a scheme to rehabilitate six major disposal sites that for years were receiving waste from the capital's households, industries and hospitals. - The National

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etisalat takes custodianship of Envirofone Recycling Initiative


posted on 05/02/2009

etisalat announced yesterday its exclusive sponsorship of EnviroFone - the UAE national mobile phone and e-waste recycling campaign - The Environment - It's in Your Hands. This announcement will take the total amount pledged by etisalat in the campaign to Dh 5 million, covering publicity support, incentives and operational expenses. This was announced in a press conference organized at etisalat's head office in Abu Dhabi that was scheduled to coincide with the 12th UAE National Environment Day.
Ahmed bin Ali, Vice President, Corporate Communications said: 'etisalat has supported campaigns and initiatives that support the environment for many years. These are aligned with the vision of the rulers of the UAE to reduce pollution and conserve the country's environment. Envirofone is one example of these initiatives and has been so successful and has so far recovered 200,000 phones and over 52 tons of waste'.
Envirofone was launched in 2007 under the patronage of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and in partnership of the Federal Environmental Agency.
2009 will bring programmes such as a world first - 'The UAE Green Makeover', a College and University Educational campaign and many Business and Corporate services to promote the recycling of e-waste.
Envirofone encourages consumers to deposit their old mobile phones, batteries and devices in a safe manner. UAE residents are encouraged to bring their device to one of the Etisalat regional head office buildings, or retail outlets of the other participating organizations, where the device will be collected, sorted and transported out of the country for processing. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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EMAL recycles waste on construction site to conserve environment


posted on 15/01/2009

Emirates Aluminium (EMAL), currently building the largest single site aluminium smelter, continues its commitment to environmental protection by initiating waste recycling activities on its construction site to minimize its impact on the environment.
Since the inception of the EMAL smelter project, the company has recycled an average of one truck load per week, that includes 25.64 tonnes of wood, 31.4 tonnes of paper and cardboard, 1.65 tonnes of plastic, glass and cans and 40 tonnes of steel.
In addition, EMAL has already crushed and reused over 2,300 tonnes of waste concrete, with another 2000 tonnes stored on site awaiting the same.
EMAL is fully committed to the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle philosophy," said Duncan Hedditch, CEO of EMAL . "Ever since the launch of the project we have always strived to be environmentally responsible in as many ways as we can.
'This is not limited to controlled energy use or marine life and fauna protection, but includes recycling on site. The range and phenomenal numbers of the items that have been recycled so far demonstrate our commitment to this initiative." In order to achieve the scale and variety of materials for recycling, EMAL has entered into partnership with several recycling companies: Union Paper Mills collects the paper, cardboard and plastic, while Arshad Hussain Carpentry collects the wood to use in furniture support or pallets, depending on the quality.
Hedditch will be presenting "Practical Solutions for a Sustainable Industrial Project to Protect its Environment", at the Environment 2009 Conference taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre next week, from 19 till 21 January 2009. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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