Over the last decades, Abu Dhabi’s waste management system and its supporting infrastructure, based on integrated planning, has grown with opportunity rather than systematically. While the Emirate’s waste management system has proven to be effective at collecting waste from where it has been generated and removing it out-of-sight, there are still gaps in the infrastructure and processes.
An increasing population and high-consuming society are contributing to Abu Dhabi’s growing waste problem. This reached 10.0 million tonnes in 2014. Less than 18% of waste is currently recycled and less than 5% composted, whilst 77% was sent to landfill or dumpsites.
Improving waste management in the Emirate is one of EAD’s key priorities in order to achieve national indicators of reducing the production of municipal solid waste to 1.5 kg/capita/day and increasing the percentage of the treated municipal solid waste out of the total generated to 75 % by 2021.
The most environmentally and economically efficient way to manage waste is the elimination from source as much as possible. There is a need for a paradigm shift in the approach of waste management, the most important being developing a societal culture of sustainable consumption. In light of these challenges, we have issued a set of policies in cooperation with Tadweer (The Center of Waste Management – Abu Dhabi) to reduce the waste-related environmental and health risks, and to continue working towards our commitment to protect the environment and the people’s overall well-being.
KEY ASPECTS OF OUR TASK ARE:
- Developing policies, regulations and guidelines to promote waste reduction and increase opportunities for reuse, recycling and resource recovery
- Establishing and implementing a new waste classification system
- Strengthening regulatory enforcement against illegal waste dumping
- Addressing legacy waste at illegal dumpsites
- Encouraging the useful reuse and recycling of appropriate waste types
- Permitting and inspection of waste facilities
- Study the environmental impacts of waste treatment and disposal
- Encourage research and innovation for sustainable waste management
- Raise awareness about the environmental impact of waste and the benefits of sustainable waste management
HOW WE WILL MEASURE OUR SUCCESS:
- Reduction in waste volume per capita per day
- Percentage of permitted waste facilities
- Compliance of regulated waste facilities
- Increasing the percentage of the treated municipal solid waste out of the total generated
- Increased stakeholder awareness for sustainable waste management methods
- Reduced environmental impact from waste treatment and disposal
HOW YOU CAN PLAY YOUR PART
- Use only what you need and reduce your consumption in a sustainable manner.
- Draw up your own waste management plan and try to generate as little waste as you can.
- Segregate your own waste such as glass and paper and find out how it can be collected and recycled.
- Never dump your waste illegally.
- Be an active proponent for sustainable waste management in your community.