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Oct 10, 2013

Dubai Municipality registers 26 waste recycling companies

Due to the adoption of various advanced methods to treat and recycle waste, Dubai landfills have seen a remarkable decrease in the quantity of waste items reach there, says Dubai Municipality officials.
According to figures at the civic body, in 2012, the amount of industrial waste was reduced 13% while the decrease in total amount of waste was recorded as 3% comparing to that of 2011. Construction waste also reduced by 13%, thanks to Dubai Municipality's various efforts to bring in sustainability in waste management as well as various policies, programs and projects to protect environment and natural recourses.

Eng. Hamdan Al-Shaer, director, environment department at Dubai Municipality said in this regard: "Dubai Municipality has been constantly trying to propagate the culture of recycling and reusing objects among the citizen, instead of conventional way of throwing off"

"We, joining hands with several likeminded groups were trying to convince people that developing this culture is instrumental in bringing in sustainability and is a basic factor in improving living environment as well as its being a supporting point for other sectors to win their objectives in the field of sustainability.
"As a result of Dubai Municipality's efforts" Mr. Hamdan continued "there are so many companies have emerged in this field of which some 26 firms have registered with the civic body after fulfilling requirements and due conditions"

He said the activities of these companies vary like recycling paper, plastic, cooking oil, electronic equipments and batteries.
According to him all these registered companies are working in line with internationally approved methods and technologies, and after confirming that no risk is posed to the environment by their activities.

He said the companies have to submit periodical report on their activities at Dubai Municipality detailing quantity of raw materials, recycled stuff, to be analyzed by experts at the environment department systematically.

For further information:
Bishruddeen K Mohammed Ali
Media Officer, Media Section
Corporate Marketing & Relations Department
Dubai Municipality
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Oct 8, 2013

Concurrent waste management challenges in Middle East

19 September 2013 (Published on behalf of fleminggulf)

Middle East is witnessing huge developments in the waste management sector. Bee’ah, one of the leading companies in waste management will be expanding its operations and reach in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in an effort to better the environment. With increase in the amount of waste generated, companies have been compelled to promote developments and strategies in effective waste management. In an article featured on Construction Week Online the chairman of Bee'ah, H.E. Salim Al Owais said, "Bee'ah has reached a point where it is now prepared to export and replicate its waste management expertise in other countries of the GCC and the Saudi environment market offers the greatest potential due to its vast landscape and its similarities with the Emirate of Sharjah in terms of population density and industrial areas".

Waste generation from the urban areas in the Middle Eastern region is over 150 million tons per year. Fleming Gulf Conferences through its fourth edition of Waste Management Middle East Forum to be held on 11-12 November in Dubai - UAE will gather waste management professionals from the Middle East to discuss practices to effectively manage waste. Dubai Municipality, Ministry of Environment - Oman, United Nations Environment Programme, GE Power Conversion and Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority will be presenting at the forum. Topics to be covered at the forum include concurrent waste management challenges in Middle East, dealing with construction & demolition waste and waste sector policy & regulatory framework in Abu Dhabi among others.

Challenges for air quality management is one of the key topics of the forum to be covered by Dr. Ömer Aga, Assoc. Professor, Head of Environmental Engineering Department from University of Dammam, KSA. He will focus on topics like linkages between air pollution & risk to human health, urban areas emissions & mortality in urban cities and suggestions to improve air quality in the region. Dr. Aga received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 2000. His research has focused on solid waste management, air quality and pollution control, water quality, and desalination. His research group has developed fully automated rainwater sequential sampler and web-based air pollution prediction system.

MAG Group International, an umbrella brand for over 70 Russian companies is the gold sponsor for the forum. The latest sponsors include Bee’ah, Enerkem, Keppel Integrated Engineering, Lavajet, MBM, Metso and Outotec GmbH Abu Dhabi. Energy from waste holds the key to satiate the growing energy demands world wide. With patronage from Ministry of Environment & Water, U.A.E for its previous edition the forum was a huge success with companies showcasing their technologies and learning more on aligning their operations with other industry players. Delegates at this edition will get an excellent opportunity to know more about these technologies at the forum through a balanced programme of case studies and presentations.

Media contact:
Ajay Nimbalkar
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