Waste recycling plans roll out

Dubai Municipality is working on several measures to deal with the increasing amount of construction waste in the emirate, according to Hussain Nasser Lootah, acting director general, Dubai Municipality.

The recycling of construction waste is expected to provide civil contractors with usable aggregate for roads.
The recycling of construction waste is expected to provide civil contractors with usable aggregate for roads.

Dubai Municipality is working on several measures to deal with the increasing amount of construction waste in the emirate, according to Hussain Nasser Lootah, acting director general, Dubai Municipality.

He said that DM has signed five contracts with private firms to recycle different kinds of waste in a bid to reduce the amount of material that goes to the landfill.

"Dubai has seen a dramatic increase in waste over the past six years. In 2000, the emirate generated one million tonnes, while it went up to almost three million tonnes in 2006 - an increase of 200%," he said.

In the same period, industrial and construction waste has also gone up from three million tonnes to 10.5 million tonnes, Lootah added.

"Household waste multiplies by 100% every four years. It is collected from public areas, markets, housing and commercial compounds," he said.

The waste is taken to five dumping grounds in Al Qusais, Jebel Ali, Warsan, Al Hibab and Hatta. The site at Al Qusais is the largest, receiving some 75% of the emirate's total waste, while the one in Jebel Ali accommodates some 23%.

"These dumping sites are now in areas where housing and investment have crept in, which requires permanent strategic solutions for recycling and cutting down the rate of waste," he said.

At present, construction waste is disposed of at a site in Al Warqa.

Speaking about industrial and construction waste, he said: "The municipality has entered into a contract with Emirates Recycling of Al Rostamani Group to build a treatment plant in Al Lusail area on the Al Ain-Jebel Ali road with an annual capacity of 9.5 million tonnes."

The US $17.6 million (AED65 million) plant will be procured on a build, operate, own, transfer basis. It will be able to recycle waste material into usable road and construction base aggregate. The plant will be constructed 20m below the ground surface level to reduce noise and dust pollution, and will be equipped with external dust suppression units.

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