Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center (Tadweer) announced that it had collected 2,189,416.90 tonnes of waste in 2019, down from 2,259,508.64 tons in 2018, representing a decrease of 3.10%. Tadweer attributed this decrease to its sustained efforts to minimise the volume of different types of waste generated in the emirate to achieve its long-term sustainability objectives.
This waste was collected by the Environmental Service Providers operating through Tadweer’s public contracts to provide the Abu Dhabi Emirate with waste collection and transportation services, and general cleaning services where 1,026,472 tonnes of municipal solid waste, 106,054.59 tonnes of bulky waste, 468,518.26 tonnes of farms waste including green waste from residential areas, and 510,999.08 tonnes of animal waste from farms and stockyards areas was collected in 2019.
Tadweer also collected 44,224.81 tonnes of construction and demolition waste, 8,610.21 tonnes of Fallen Stocks (Dead Animals), 21,822.64 tonnes of public slaughterhouse waste and 2,714.98 tonnes of used tire.
Of the total waste collected last year, 1,029,402.02 tonnes were collected from Abu Dhabi region, 887,184.88 tonnes from Al Ain region, and 272,830 tonnes from Al Dhafra region. However, those figures do not include industrial and commercial sector that is separately collected by environmental service providers licensed by the center.
HE Dr Salem Al Kaabi, Tadweer general manager, said: “We are proud of Tadweer’s significant contribution to sustainable development in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi through minimizing waste and improving waste management practices in line with the highest global standards and latest technologies. In promoting waste reuse and recycling, we play an active role in protecting Abu Dhabi’s environment and preserving its cleanliness and aesthetic appeal. This supports the emirate’s sustainability agenda articulated by Abu Dhabi Environment Vision 2030 that aims to provide its citizens the best quality of living standards in the world.”
He added: “As part of our integrated waste management strategy, Tadweer implemented several pioneering initiatives last year to achieve its long-term target of diverting waste away from landfills. As part of this strategy, we opened more civic amenities for recyclable waste in various neighborhoods of the emirate to allow the public to participate in the segregation of recyclable waste through allocating colored bins for different types of wastes and reusable materials. Furthermore, we stepped us our efforts to enhance community awareness about the importance of recycling among various segments. This encouraged waste segregation at source, and translated into a significant reduction in the total volume of waste generated last year, besides mitigating the environmental pollution caused by random waste dumping.”
Tadweer has contracted with specialised companies to collect and transport waste from residential areas of Abu Dhabi to the center’s recycling facilities. Here the waste is recycled, treated and disposed of in compliance with highest international environmental standards. Among the commonly-used treatment and recycling methods is the conversion of agricultural and organic wastes into organic fertilizers that help advance the agricultural sector in the emirate.
Tadweer is the key government entity responsible for all activities related to the development of waste management services in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, including the collection, transportation, treatment and disposal of waste in a safe, efficient and economical manner. The Center is also tasked with carrying out pest control, educating communities about the significance of protecting the environment, and encouraging them to adopt sound environmental habits to drive sustainable development.