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EAD organises forum and publishes guide on Sustainable Waste Management for Organisations

posted on 10/06/2015

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, EAD, has organised a forum on Sustainable Waste Management for Organisations, to mark World Environment Day, held this year under the theme, "Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet, Consume with Care".
The event aimed to raise awareness and understanding on how organisations in the government and private sectors can support a more sustainable approach to waste management delivering significant benefits for the economy, society and the environment.
Speakers at the forum, representing government and business sectors, shared their success stories and best-practices on waste reduction.
Three experts in the field of waste management and sustainability participated in discussion panel, including Manal Al Badawi, Environmental Specialist at Borouge, a provider of plastics solutions, Linden Coppell, Head of Sustainability at Etihad Airways, and Samer Mohamed Al Hadhrami, Senior Supervisor in Facility Management at Abu Dhabi Municipality.
During the Forum, EAD published a guide entitled, ‘Sustainable Waste Management for Organisations", encouraging organisations to reduce the amount of waste they produce and take responsibility for the collection, segregation, transfer, tracking and disposal of their waste. The publication is published in both Arabic and English and is downloadable from the EAD website.
Opening the forum, which was held at Al Mamoura Building in Abu Dhabi, Fozeya Al Mahmoud, EAD Director of Environmental Outreach, said, "The key environmental challenge we face is waste management. Improving waste management in the emirate is one of the government's five priority areas set out in the Abu Dhabi Environment Vision 2030. Abu Dhabi aims to be a leader in waste management."
Ms Al Mahmoud added, "The increasing population and high-consuming society are contributing to Abu Dhabi's growing waste problem. Official statistics in 2013 estimated that 11.9 million tonnes of solid waste were produced, which is equal to more than 32,482 tonnes every day. Around 57.8% of the total waste was generated from the Abu Dhabi region, compared to 22% in Al Ain and 20.2% in the Western region".
She also stressed the need for urgent action, saying, "Without urgent actions to improve the way we organise, resource and regulate our waste management activities, our waste problem will increase rapidly as our population and economy grows, causing serious risk to public health, damage to the environment, natural resources and threatening the prosperity of future generations". – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Tadweer reveals ‘GCC first’ master plan for sustainable recycling

posted on 03/06/2015

ABU DHABI, 3rd June, 2015 (WAM)-- Tadweer, the waste management authority in Abu Dhabi, has announced an ambitious 25-year recycling plan that it hopes will be picked up by the rest of the region breaking the emirate into different zones with specific types of recycling centres introduced to match the kinds of waste generated there.
"It will be the first time in the GCC that a plan in this nature and size is undertaken," Fehily Timoney, managing director of Irish environmental consultancy FT Arabia, which is working with Tadweer on the plan, told The National daily.
Tadweer says its master plan will introduce a "sustainable circular economy" for production, with greater emphasis on recycling and re-use to lower the amount of waste dumped.
The plan aims to integrate new facilities with existing ones. Landfills where waste is dumped and burnt will be restructured for more energy efficient and environmentally sound methods.
The master plan will be put into action over the next 25 years but a public education campaign will begin immediately.
"The most important aspect of this plan is community engagement," said Issa Al Qubaisi, general manager of Tadweer, adding, "Our plan cannot succeed unless we follow a plan and without the participation of the community we won't get anywhere."
Al Qubaisi said the master plan covered "educating students in schools, information in the workplace and in the home environment".
He said that the plan was part of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 and a step towards building a sophisticated waste management system in line with the highest international standards. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Bee'ah wins prestigious honour at IBX Awards for sustainability

posted on 29/05/2015

Bee'ah, the Sharjah Environment Company, has won a prestigious honour at the International Business Excellence Awards 2015, IBX Awards, for the sustainability category, held recently in Dubai.
In their successful pursuit of sustainable development in Sharjah, Bee'ah developed the infrastructure in Sharjah, allowing the emirate to move significantly closer towards a 'zero waste to landfill' objective for the emirate.
The award was presented to Fahad Shehail, Chief Operating Officer at Bee'ah. Speaking on behalf of the 3,500 employees at the company, Mr. Shehail said, "We are truly honoured to be recognised at this prestigious event and I attribute our success to being a progressive and innovative organisation. We have a strong commitment to attracting and developing environmental experts from diverse professional backgrounds and academic disciplines. Also, we are fully dedicated to developing the next generation of experts and industry leaders. Our success today at the IBX Awards is the result of our fantastic team of sustainable development pioneers."
Khaled Al Huraimel, Group Chief Executive Officer at Bee'ah, said, "Bee'ah is committed to providing excellence in all that we do, this is evident in the results we have achieved in the community and in the awards we are receiving internationally."
Beginning in 2010, Bee'ah developed the Bee'ah School of Environment, BSOE, in partnership with the Sharjah Education Zone, to further promote environmental awareness in the emirate. The BSOE aims to prepare children's educational future and develop their environmental thinking via a variety of unique programmes. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Bee’ah takes over integrated waste management operations in Dibba Al Hisn

posted on 06/04/2015

Bee'ah, the Sharjah Environment Company, has announced the signing of a five-year Service Contract Agreement with Dibba Al Hisn Municipality for city cleaning and waste management services, in line with their efforts to promote environmental awareness across the community.
Under the agreement, the city cleaning division of Bee'ah, Tandeef, will undertake regular cleaning services of various areas in Dibba Al Hisn, including public squares, municipality buildings' outdoor plazas and city canals, in addition to waste collection services and transportation to Dibba Al Hisn Waste Station.
Tandeef will be further responsible for taking over and developing recycling infrastructure and submitting periodical reports on the volume of waste collected and sorted. Alongside their cleaning and waste management services, Tandeef will be replacing the existing waste containers in the area with Bee'ah's latest receptacles and providing support to various environmental and educational awareness campaigns led by the local government departments and schools.
Speaking on the occasion, Taleb Abdullah Safar, Director General of Dibba Al Hisn Municipality, said, "Undoubtedly, the agreement contributes to the luxurious services offered to the city residents and helps consolidate the position of the UAE and Sharjah as the Middle East's environmental capital, in line with the vision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, which is aimed at establishing a sustainable environment for future generations."
"Bee'ah's capabilities, its track record of accomplishments and reputation for best practices in waste management, will enable us to provide efficient waste collection services for the purpose of beautifying the city. We will also be able to develop environmental awareness policies and organise environmental activities and events targeted at engaging the residents of the city and improving their awareness on sustainable development and environmental issues," he added.
Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee'ah, said, "We are pleased to cooperate with Dibba Al Hisn Municipality through an Agreement that significantly adds to our quest towards promoting environmental best practices, making the UAE more sustainable, greener and by consolidating its position as the environmental capital of the Middle East."
Under this agreement, Tandeef has developed a wide range of environmental programmes which will play a vital role in providing coherent environmental solutions to meet the challenges of the community. The objective to further cooperate in other areas will allow Bee'ah to continue leading environmental change in the region and will contribute significantly to their zero waste to landfill vision. Dibba Al Hisn Municipality also plans to issue a number of necessary decisions and regulations to legally prevent the public from random dumping of waste and to facilitate the entry and exit of Bee'ah cleaning staff to the city's waste station to undertake and complete their tasks stipulated in the agreement. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Abu Dhabi City Municipality reviews master plan of irrigation

posted on 09/03/2015

As part of efforts put by the Municipal System to renovate public realms in Abu Dhabi emirate, the Abu Dhabi City Municipality, through Municipal Infrastructure and Assets Sector, has reviewed its irrigation master plan along with the Guide to the Design of Public Realms in Abu Dhabi in two work papers presented at the Future Landscape and Public Realms Conference held recently in Abu Dhabi.
The conference, which was held for the first time ever, reviewed a wide range of current and future projects in Abu Dhabi aimed at developing public realms in the city in line with the Abu Dhabi 2030 vision, and availing the concerned parties the opportunity to share experiences and review the latest developments in design, planning, urban design and irrigation.
Through its work paper themed "Abu Dhabi City Irrigation Master Plan," Abu Dhabi City Municipality reiterated that providing green spaces, parks and recreational facilities comes in the forefront of its priorities to keep pace with the requirements of the ongoing growth seen by Abu Dhabi emirate, and the need to provide green spaces and public parks according to the inputs of water resources and local standards, especially those associated with the impacts of local environment outcomes, without overlooking the actual need of the population. It was therefore necessary to prepare an irrigation master plan to keep pace with the urban growth and contribute to achieving sustainable development within Abu Dhabi emirate vision 2030, including reducing fresh water consumption, especially desalination water and groundwater by depending completely on the processed wastewater to irrigate green spaces and landscaped areas.
The paper added "Based on these inputs and requirements, the Parks and Recreational Facilities Division, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, in coordination with various strategic partners, has embarked on the project of "Preparing Abu Dhabi City Irrigation Master Plan," which aims mainly at relying completely on treated wastewater in irrigating green spaces and landscaped areas, and abstaining from using well water or desalinated water to irrigate green areas. The scope of the project works hinges on compiling a geospatial infrastructure database affiliated to the Parks and Recreational Facilities Division, besides estimating the future water needs of the Municipality's projects in accordance with the Abu Dhabi Plan 2030, Estidama requirements, and treated wastewater consumption master plan of Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company. Projects also include preparing a hydraulic model for the existing irrigation network by using one of the world's best hydraulic modelling programs, and designing spatial and time plan for future irrigation water needs besides preparing technical and financial plan for development projects along with the time schedules of this plan, and upgrading design manuals and irrigation specifications." According to the Municipality, several key phases of the project works have been completed including the compilation of a geospatial database for irrigation infrastructure, besides upgrading the irrigation design & specifications manuals. The Municipality is currently moving ahead with upgrading the hydraulic model of the existing irrigation network, evaluating options and making suggestions as regards patching technical defects of existing irrigation water project network. This has to be completed before the final phase where recommendations and estimation of future water needs of the Municipality's projects are undertaken, designing the spatial and time map for water needs, preparing initial models for the required irrigation projects and classifying them as per a specific time plan and financial budget.
The second paper submitted by the Municipal Infrastructure and Asset Sector entitled: A Guide to Revamping the Design of Public Realms in Abu Dhabi, reviewed projects about public realms for the last 15 years. It focused on landscaping, open areas, improving residential parks to cater to the needs of the community, defining the concept of sustainability, and revamping public realms over the next 15 years and beyond.
It also covered the completion strategies & initiatives, accomplished strategies & initiatives, lighting of public realms booklet: standards, guidelines and specifications; master plan of Abu Dhabi landscaping, and roads furniture strategy. The paper also discussed other strategies and initiatives represented in making pavements for creating public areas in the city, improving the landscaping of medians in Abu Dhabi, and using local flora in landscaping projects.
The Abu Dhabi City Municipality has won the Best Water Efficiency Leader Award during the Global Water Leakage Summit 2012 held by H2O; a magazine specialised in water in the MENA region. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


ECOWaste 2015 marks successful conclusion in Abu Dhabi

posted on 26/01/2015

The second edition of ECOWaste, a key platform dedicated to showcasing next generation waste management and recycling solutions, marked its successful completion at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre having attracted 50 local and international companies along with 2,000 buyers and specialists from the waste management and recycling sectors. The four-day event was organised as part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week from January 19th to 22nd.
Eisa Saif Al Qubaisi, General Manager, Tadweer (Centre of Waste Management), said, "ECOWaste 2015 has been a huge success, thanks to the diversity of associated events and the record turnout of visitors as well as exhibitors and industry experts whose number exceeded 2,000 this year. With the success of this edition, ECOWaste has now reinforced its position as an ideal platform to explore the latest technologies and exchange ideas and best practices in integrated waste management towards achieving the objectives of Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030." The eco-friendly event included a meeting of GCC Municipalities that was attended by key representatives of various GCC municipalities. Discussions focused on critical issues related to the environment and sustainable development including integrated waste management, integrated pest control management, as well as production and joint marketing of recycled products throughout the GCC.
The event also hosted a ceremony to honour the winners of the 2nd Tadweer Environment Awareness Award for Schools and Universities. The award distributed prizes worth Dh76,000 in 12 categories and attracted students from elementary, intermediate and secondary schools as well as public and private universities.
During ECOWaste 2015, Tadweer set up an awareness pavilion that received a large number of students from various schools and universities. The pavilion educated participants and members of society about the key objectives and activities of Tadweer. In addition, Tadweer's environment guides conducted workshops for children to highlight the importance of public hygiene, environmental safety and the efficient use of black and green waste bins for waste segregation. Experts were on hand to outline optimal waste and natural resource utilisation methods to promote waste reduction at source.
ECOWaste 2015 also included the Buyers Programme that hosted leading investors in the waste management sector from across the GCC and facilitated over 150 meetings and agreements for potential business transactions.
The Centre of Waste Management is tasked with the collection, maintenance, transportation, and processing of waste management services in a safe, efficient and economically-viable manner in Abu Dhabi. To achieve its goals, Tadweer implements integrated systems and sustainable models that comply with the best international standards. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


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 -


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 -§ion=nationgeneral


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 -


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:§ion=nationgeneral


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 -


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:
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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:§ion=nationgeneral


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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