Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer) collected more than a million tonnes of waste from across the emirate of Abu Dhabi in the first half of the year, a statement from the centre said on Monday.
A total of 1,147,844 tonnes of waste were collected after an average of 6,376.90 tonnes of waste was generated per day in the emirate.
Tadweer collected 1.09 million tonnes of waste in the emirate in the first half of last year.
The waste included municipal solid waste, green waste [recyclable] and bulky items from residential areas, animals from farms and slaughterhouses and low volume demolition and construction waste.
Dr Salem Al Kaabi, acting general manager of Tadweer, said, “The rapid population growth and unprecedented urbanisation in the emirate, have led to a dramatic increase in consumption and waste production.”
As per available figures of waste collection in 2016, the centre collected 9.6 million tonnes of hazardous and non-hazardous waste, while it generated 8.4 million tonned in 2015.
“We implement a comprehensive waste management strategy that focuses on reducing waste and minimising waste disposal and treatment costs. Through turning waste into economically important resources and offering best-in-class waste management services, Tadweer supports Abu Dhabi’s sustainable development agenda and contributes to achieving the goals outlined in the Plan Abu Dhabi 2030.”
Al Kaabi added: “Since early 2018, Tadweer has intensified its efforts to address the environmental challenges facing the emirate of Abu Dhabi and mitigate the adverse impact of waste on our environment.
As part of this priority, we have implemented several innovative projects such as Abu Dhabi’s first civic amenity for recyclable materials in the Abu Dhabi city with the provision of other type of recycling centers in the city,” he said.
Out of the total collected waste, the centre generated 460,322.16 tonnes of municipal solid waste, while green waste from residential areas and farms recorded 267,716.61 tonnes and bulky waste amounted to 58,754.99 tonnes.
He emphasised on increasing efforts of public awareness about the importance of recycling and to promote a culture of resource conservation and waste segregation at source.
Al Kaabi also urged community members to adopt a pro-environmental mindset and abstain from random waste disposal that would destroy the aesthetic appeal of Abu Dhabi.