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Waste Management in Dubai becoming a Challenege

With Dubai witnessing a never-ending boom in the construction industry, the construction and demolition waste generated also has touched a record high.

According to the annual report of the Waste Management Department in Dubai Municipality, the construction and demolition waste generated in Dubai registered a record 163 per cent growth last year as compared to the previous year.

In 2007, a total of 27.7 million tonnes of construction waste was removed from various construction sites of the city. The figure rested at only 10.5 million tonnes in 2006. Construction and demolition waste makes up 75 per cent of the total solid waste generated in Dubai every year.

Meanwhile, the volume of domestic solid waste generated in Dubai rose by 13.7 per cent in 2007 as compared to 2006 with a total of 3.34 million tonnes.

According to the report, the agricultural waste generated in Dubai during the last year was 142,816 tonnes registering a 14 per cent growth over the previous year. The total volume of liquid waste was 76,456 tonnes.

The report further said that the municipality treated over 31 million tonnes of general solid waste, 83 million gallons of liquid waste and 347 tonnes of hazardous waste last year.

The civic body has entered into several joint ventures with groups like Tatweer, Zenath Group and Al Serkal Group to recycle domestic waste, medical waste and waste edible oil. These joint ventures are currently run on BOOT (build, own, operate and transfer) basis.

Zenath Group, the recycling and waste management arm of ETA Star Group is currently building UAE's largest and first vertical medical incinerator plant for safe treatment of medical waste. The incinerator, which will be located in Jebel Ali close to the existing incinerator of the municipality, will have a treatment capacity of 20 tonnes per day and will be fully operational by the end of this year.

This project assumes much significance as Dubai Municipality handled 1188 tonnes of medical waste in 2006 compared to 579 tonnes in 2002. By 2017, this quantity is estimated to reach 4030 tonnes, especially with the full-scale functioning of facilities like the Dubai Health Care City which will have nine hospitals.

At present, all medical wastes generated in Dubai are treated and disposed of at the Jebel Ali Medical Waste Treatment Facility (via Khaleej Times)

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