Quality scheme for recycled products in Abu Dhabi
New standards have been launched by the QCC and Tadweer
The Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC) has collaborated with Tadweer (Centre of Waste Management – Abu Dhabi) to launch a quality and conformity standards scheme for recycled crushed aggregates, biodiesel and re-refined lube oils used in the Emirate.
The Recycled Aggregates Conformity Scheme (RACS) has been developed in line with the 2010 Abu Dhabi Executive Council Order that mandates the recovery of at least 40% aggregate of recycled construction and demolition waste for use in road construction or any other infrastructure projects within Abu Dhabi.
Recycled products complying with QCC's stringent criteria standards will receive Certificates of Conformity and bear the Abu Dhabi Trustmark for Environmental Performance. The Trustmark will add significant value to the promotion and merchandising of the base and sub-base types of construction products recovered from the recycled crushed aggregates.
It will also guarantee that the recovered construction waste may be used in suitable infrastructure projects without harm to human health or the environment. The RACS has also been specified for biodiesel, which is a derivative of waste vegetable or animal fats or oil, and can be used in standard diesel engines.
Salem Khalid Al Qassimi, director of product conformity, QCC, said: "QCC is responsible for the development of quality infrastructure in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The QCC Trustmark increases market confidence in the quality of recycled products and eventually encourages better recovery and recycling systems and practices.”
"Our collaboration with Tadweer articulates our shared commitment in the effective use of construction waste for achieving sustainable development as outlined by the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030,” Al Qassimi said. “As part of this priority, we look forward to joining hands on other significant projects for the wider benefit of our people in the emirate."
Eng. Hani Hosni, director of strategy and business development sector, Tadweer, said: "We always seek to extend our cooperation with all strategic partners to discuss issues that need collaboration and collective efforts to protect our environment.”
“This agreement with QCC comes in line with Tadweer's responsibilities, objectives and plans to support sustainable development in Abu Dhabi and achieve a clean, healthy and sustainable environment in the emirate,” Hosni said.