(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The Emirate of Abu Dhabi will open its third tyre recycling plant in the Western Region by the end of this year, said Jamal Al Jeetawy, technical advisor of Nadafa programme of the Centre of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi. Now, two plants are operating in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
Talking to Khaleej Times on the sidelines of a two-day conference on 'Annual Waste Management Middle East Forum' in the Capital, Al Jeetawy said the centre would also launch e-waste recycling plant during 2012. The conference, which focused on various issues related to the waste and its treatment, concluded on Wednesday.The tyre recycling plant was scheduled to open around two years back but was delayed due to some procedural delay.
"The e-waste plant will treat all kind of used and discarded electronic equipment. As of now, we are working on different modalities of the plant and soon its details will be announced once the entire project becomes ready to be operational," he said.
Waste Tariff Plan
Explaining about the waste tariff plan, which was launched in the Capital in March this year, he said so far 40,000 private and public sector firms from the regions of Abu Dhabi Island, Al Ain and Western Region have registered with the plan.
Now, they have begun paying the tariff amount fixed for them for the waste they generate. There are 70,000 to 80,000 companies in the government, semi-government and private sector in the emirate, which will be registering with the tariff plan by the end of this year, he said. The waste tariff differs from one establishment to other as per the kind, quantity of waste they produce, Al Jeetawy said. The minimum tariff is Dh225 and maximum is Dh50,000. The tariff value is Dh225 per tonne of waste each year.
Around 10 million tonnes of waste is generated in the emirate per year, Al Jeetawy said, adding that the daily generation of waste is 33,000 tonnes.
It is also expected that 20 to 25 per cent reduction in waste generation will be achieved by the end of 2012, Al Jeetawy said.
According to the centre, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has lost nearly 1,800 hectares of land as they were transferred to landfills.
About the waste dumping related complaints, he said two to three cases were referred to the court during past three months. The court will decide on the fines to be levied from them.