Minister calls for recycling method development

Waste threat to health and environment highlighted at Dubai conference

Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Water and Environment.
Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Water and Environment.

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The waste management problem needs addressing immediately to avoid future problems, said the Minister of Environment and Water at the Paper and Plastics Recycling Conference.

Increasing waste production is a concern for health and the environment, said Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad at the opening of the two-day Dubai based conference, and sustainable options need to be explored to tackle the issue.

His speech explained that individual solid waste production has increased nationwide and is considered one of the highest in the world.

"The problem will have bad repercussions in the future unless we treat it," said Fahad.

Each UAE resident generates around 2.5kg of waste per day. Per year, the figure amounts to 400kg more than the annual waste generated by the French or Italians.

Fahad added that recycling is a significant element of the waste management process and hoped the conference would contribute positively in developing the process.

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