Presenter:  David Lindsay, Eunomia Research & Consulting

Presentation title: Waste management in the Arabian Gulf

The Arabian Gulf is developing at an incredible rate not least in the field of waste management. Waste treatment and disposal is evolving rapidly; for example in Qatar one residential waste facility is “cutting edge” whilst the industrial waste site is described as “medieval”. Countries in the Arabian Gulf form one of the world’s most prolific waste generating regions. Lavish lifestyles, ineffective legislation, infrastructural roadblocks, indifferent public attitude and lack of environmental awareness are the major factors responsible for growing waste management problem. Insufficient funding, absence of strategic waste management plans, lack of coordination among stakeholders, shortage of skilled people in the sector and deficiencies in technical and operational decision-making are some of the hurdles experienced in implementing integrated waste management strategies. Recently the issue has become a higher priority and various targets have been set: • Abu Dhabi proposes to divert more than 85% of the waste away from landfills. • Dubai has a zero waste by 2030 target • Sharjah wants 100% of diversion of waste from landfill by 2015 This paper provides an overview of some of the approaches that are being used to address these targets, with technology based solutions the favoured approach. Recent initiatives include: • Large scale energy from waste facilities (1,000,000 tonnes per year facilities are planned for Abu Dhabi and operational in Qatar) • Underground automatic waste collection systems • Vehicle tracking – 4,300 of the waste collection trucks in Abu Dhabi have been equipped with GPS tracking devices • Reverse vending machines • Green building legislation • Masdar zero waste city project • Massive Construction & Demolition waste recycling facilities • Car shredding and recycling facility, • Switch to oxo-biodegradable plastics

Event: WasteMINZ Conference 2013

Date: Tuesday 22 October 2013