Global expertise will help GCC waste management

fmME, with Knowledge Partner Averda, explores the scope for recycling, smart equipment, waste-to-energy, and integrated waste management programmes in the GCC

COMMENT, SPECIAL REPORTS, Facilities Management, Sectors

Last month, it emerged that Dubai Municipality is currently studying the potential to generate energy from organic waste. The announcement comes on the heels of the municipal body’s push to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and increase the scope for recycling in the city.

Studies are also underway to review the production of compost from organic waste, which forms 30% of the total volume of waste generated in the emirate.

The “comprehensive plan to deal with waste” will be tackled with a two-pronged approach, the municipality’s director-general, Eng Hussain Nasser Lootah, explained, adding that waste is “a real treasure” that must be recycled.

Initiatives such as Dubai Municipality’s are likely to find more takers across the GCC in the years to come, Philippa Charlton, CMO at Averda, told fmME: “We are very pleased to notice an increase in the recycling efforts that are being made across the region.

“Public sector bodies and industry associations have also recognised that steps are needed to ensure waste minimisation and segregation at source,” she added.

Understandably, programmes such as Dubai Municipality’s will require that private sector firms in the GCC not only innovate existing technology and processes, but also boast the expertise required to drive a regional effort towards waste management plans in line with global standards.

fmME’s Special Report on waste management, produced with Knowledge Partner Averda, reviews the evolution of waste-oriented programmes in the GCC, and what the future holds for regional waste industry professionals.

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