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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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'UAE region's leader in waste management'


posted on 06/07/2008

The UAE, one of the biggest producers of waste in the region, is also a leading country in the GCC in terms of waste management projects, according to a recent report. Currently, GCC countries rank in the top 10 of world waste producers with 120 million tons of waste generated per year. The UAE and Saudi Arabia produce the most waste. However, GCC countries are now responding to their responsibilities and the growing requirement of waste management, according to officials who released latest data at a press conference held recently to announce an upcoming waste management summit.
Providing facts and figures on the waste management initiatives in GCC countries, the report showed that the UAE is spending billions for waste management and recycling projects. Various municipalities in the UAE either launch their own projects or collaborate with private companies for joint ventures. Once completed, many of these projects would be the first in their categories.
Detailing the initiatives of the capital city, the report said, the Government of Abu Dhabi would spend approximately Dh500 million over 10 years for the operation and management of municipal solid waste treatment and disposal in the emirate in collaboration with the private sector. Abu Dhabi Municipality has awarded another recycling project for home solid wastes valued at Dh1.27 billion.
The capital is soon likely to be home to one of the only three recycling factory in the world that produces plastic of high quality to be used for food and drink containers. This facility, which will be big enough to recycle 2.4 million plastic bottles a day, is being built at Abu Dhabi Industrial City.
Abu Dhabi's pioneering project to build a zero-carbon and zero-waste city, Masdar City will produce no carbon dioxide and will recycle its waste to create energy. This new energy and technology carbon-neutral community is expected to open in 2009, covering six square kilometres.
Al Ain municipality has signed a contract worth Dh279 million with Sharjah-based Austrian joint venture Emirates Environmental Technology Company
(EET) to operate a waste management facility. The facility, comprising a sorting plant, is expected to handle 1,200 tonnes of waste per day.
Al Ain, the only waste dump of which is on the verge of overflowing in 18 months, has also planned a second site for dumping city's waste. A private company will be roped in to collect and recycle waste.
The report said that Dubai Municipality would allocate US$20 billion for waste-to-energy projects in different locations in the emirate. As part of its intelligent waste processing, according to the report, DM is to implement a new method of collecting and storing waste in three different locations.
A US$150 million Waste Recycling Park in Dubai will be the first fully integrated waste management and recycling park in the Middle East. To be developed on a site measuring 1,500,000 square feet, the Dubai Recycling Park project is undertaken by National Project Holding Co.
Another major facility, which will be first of its kind in the Middle East, is the Emirates Recycling Plant coming up in Al Lusaily area. To be built at a cost of over Dhs65 million, it will have the capacity to convert more than eight million tonnes of construction waste material generated in Dubai annually into usable road and construction base aggregate.
DM and Al Serkal Group have already announced the launch of a Dhs10 million waste treatment facility in Al Aweer which will be dedicated to recycling edible oil waste from hotels, restaurants and food processing factories. An estimated budget of US$15 million will also be spent on a project aimed at minimising municipal and industrial waste in Dubai. The report also highlighted the eco-cycling initiative and mobile phone recycling initiatives in the emirate.
Meanwhile, the emirate of Sharjah is developing its landfill in Al Saja'ah into a world-class recycling plant. The Al Saja'ah site will be supervised by the Sharjah Environment Company, a joint venture between the Government of Sharjah and the private sector. With a capacity of 25 million cubic metres, Al Saja'ah will face the challenge of processing the sheer volume of waste delivered every day: 3,000 tonnes from municipal solid waste (generated from household sources); 16,000 tonnes from construction and demolition waste and 1,000 tonnes of industrial waste from firms in the emirate.
Sharjah International Airport has launched a paper recycling project and special collection boxes have been set up in all its offices. The report said that Sharjah was planning more recycling units to reprocess huge number of drinks cans and plastic bottles which are presently being dumped in landfills. The report, released ahead of Middle East Waste Summit 2009, said that issues of waste management and recycling in the region will be tackled at the event scheduled to be held in Dubai next year. – The Gulf Today

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TAQA opens recycling centres across UAE


posted on 11/06/2008

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) opened the fourth of its ten proposed recycling centres in the UAE, in partnership with Emirates Environmental Group (EEG).
"TAQA's leadership in the education of environmental issues has resulted in our support of the creation of ten recycling sites at schools, colleges and universities across the Emirates," Peter Barker-Homek, Chief Executive Officer of TAQA, says. "We are proud to be involved with the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Campaign, highlighting our active relationship with EEG and reflecting our continued dedication to protecting the environment." EEG will operate and manage the ten proposed recycling centres. To date three have been opened at Al Hosn University in Abu Dhabi, American International School in Abu Dhabi and Global English High School in Al Ain, with the fourth opening at Our Own English High School in Fujairah. A further six centres will open in the coming months across the rest of the UAE.
"EEG is delighted to collaborate with TAQA on this beneficial environmental project. Recycling is an important pillar in sustainable development. It is also a great tool for heightening awareness amongst the youth, to be more conscious of waste issues and the direct benefits of waste segregation on the environment. This is one of the simplest ways to get people involved in protecting the land," adds Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson of EEG.
The facilities will recycle paper, aluminum cans and plastic. The recyclables will be collected and transported by EEG to a factory for recycling. TAQA is an associate member of Emirates Environmental Group. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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UAE's first construction waste management plant opened


posted on 19/05/2008

The emirate of Sharjah yesterday saw the inauguration of the first UAE's plant for recycling construction waste.
The Dh40 million Saja'a waste management factory is developed and run by Emirates Environmental Technology Company under supervision of Bee'ah, a limited liability joint stock company, partly owned by Sharjah Municipality. The state-of-the-art recycling facility was opened as per the directives of Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi on developing the Emirate of Sharjah at all levels through adopting the highest international best practices.
Dr Salah Tahir, Director General of Sharjah Municipality, hoped the debut joint venture between the civic body and Emirates Environmental Technology Company at Saja'a would open up new business opportunities in trading on by-products of construction waste management.
'The Saja'a factory receives 2000 tons of construction and demolition materials. It operates nine hours a day to converts these waste into high quality reusable raw building materials,' he added.
'By this initiative, Sharjah is taking the lead not only at UAE level but also at the region too in adopting latest technology in recycling construction waste and converting them into reusable raw materials,' he said.
Apart from high financial returns, he explained, the facility uses international safety, environmental protection and operating standards. New techniques were introduced to ensure that waste is disposed of as effectively and as safely as possible. He termed the plant as major contributor to efforts aimed at preserving the environment and controlling pollution. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Dh10 million plant will recycle edible oil waste


posted on 10/04/2008

The Dubai Municipality and Al Serkal Group have announced the launch of a Dh10-million waste treatment facility in Al Aweer, dedicated to recycling edible oil waste from hotels, restaurants and food processing factories. The plant will start functioning early next month.
Hussain Nasser Lootah, Acting Director-General of Dubai Municipality, said the new plant has been constructed in accordance with the highest international standards. It is equipped with state-of-the-art machinery to handle separation of oils and grease accumulated in grease traps and lift stations, and at food processing companies, restaurants, hotels, hospital kitchens and other food-related industries.
These wastes will be collected and transported by trucks to the waste treatment plant, where it will be classified either as hazardous material and sludge, or as recyclable material (re-usable water or oil and dry solids) that will be further treated for future use.
"This is the first treatment plant for edible oil wastes in the entire region. At Dubai Municipality, it's our policy to join hands with the private sector to set up such ventures," Lootah said.
The municipality has urged these establishments to abide by the rules and regulations laid down by the civic body. The municipality has asked them to allow only certified companies to collect and transport waste edible oils from the grease trap of food industries to deliver to the new plant.
The treatment plant has been built and managed by Al Serkal Group, on a 15-year build, operate and transfer (BOP) agreement with the municipality.
The new plant will alleviate pressure on the existing station in Al Aweer, and also, will create several job opportunities for those qualified in the field. The plant now has an optimum capacity to treat and process 50 cubic metres of grease and other wastes. In its second phase, capacity will be enhanced to handle 100 cubic metres of wastes.
A circular, issued by the municipality, makes it mandatory for food preparing establishments to install grease traps and interceptors in their drainage system to separate the fats, oils and grease and maintain them by cleaning regularly.
The circular also stipulates that cleaning, maintenance and transporting of wastes from the grease traps and interceptors need to be carried out by the companies approved and authorised by the municipality and they must deliver these wastes to the Waste Edible Oil Treatment Plant in Al Aweer.
The food establishments are also required to maintain a register in which all data related to the process of getting rid of fats, oils and grease is to be recorded, especially showing the date of their collection and their quantity as well as the name of the company which cleaned and collected the waste oil.
While Al Serkal Group will build and operate the facility, the Dubai Municipality, acting through its Sewage and Environmental divisions, will implement the rules and regulations, supervise all operations and play an active role in implementing and adhering to safety policies. – Khaleej Times

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Landfill to be developed into world-class recycling plant


posted on 13/02/2008

Salim bin Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman of Bee'ah, The Sharjah Environment Company, a joint venture company between the Government of Sharjah and the private sector that will supervise Al Saja'ah site, said: "We have now established a number of strong partnerships with several companies that specialise in different areas of recycling and waste management.” Shipments of equipment required to manage the waste to allow its reuse will arrive within the next six months, he said after a meeting with officials from Emirates Environmental Technology (EET), the site's operators.
"New cells for collecting waste of a certain type have been developed to enable recycling into reusable material and for safe disposal,” he said, adding the meeting's participants also agreed the accumulated trash at the site would be eliminated by next month. Challenges facing Al Saja'ah include the sheer volume of waste delivered every day – 3,000 tonnes from municipal solid waste (generated from household sources); 16,000 tonnes from construction and demolition waste and 1,000 tonnes of industrial waste from firms in the emirate.
Al Saja'ah, located near the Sharjah Airport Road, is one of the world's largest waste management sites, with a total capacity of approximately 25 million cubic metres. The volume of waste arriving at the site from the emirate grows by around 14 per cent every year. – Emirates Business 24/7

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