Qatar to up recycling for landfill and energy

Qatar is upping its waste recycling drive for landfill and to generate power to serve an ever increasing population

Recycled construction waste is being used for landfill in Qatar.
Recycled construction waste is being used for landfill in Qatar.

Mubarak Al Shafi, head of the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning’s waste recycling plant told local media that the ministry is setting up a fully automated recycling plant near Al Khor.

He said construction waste is also recycled at his plant and the quality residues (after the recycling) are used as landfill materials.

According to Al Shafi, plans are afoot to expand the recycling capacity of the plant to 5,500 tonnes per day from the present 2,300 tonnes owing to the rising population.

The plant generates 30MW of electricity using the waste, of which 6MW is used by the plant and the remaining 24MW given to the state.

The waste management department of the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning has awarded contracts to local companies to dismantle 24,000 scrap abandoned automobiles that were lying in the junk yards of the ministry and provide the metals thus extracted to local steel-maker.

Similarly, some 15 companies had been contracted to cut into small pieces at least two million scrap automotive tyres and the pieces have been exported.

He said the new plant would be operational by the end of 2016.

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