First civic amenity in Abu Dhabi to promote waste segregation at source

segregate TadweerColour-coded waste bins have been allocated to collect more than 12 different types of recyclable waste including glass, plastic, metal, electrical devices, paper, cartons and bulky waste. (Image source: art9858/Adobe Stock)The Center of Waste Management – Abu Dhabi (Tadweer) has opened its first civic amenity for recyclable waste next to Khalidiyah Park in Abu Dhabi in a bid to promote community participation in segregating waste at source

A civic amenity for recyclable waste is a residential facility that allows the public to participate in the segregation of recyclable waste through allocating coloured bins for different types of wastes and reusable materials.

The opening ceremony was attended by HE Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE minister of climate change and environment; Saif Badr Al Qubaisi, general manager of Abu Dhabi Municipality City; and Dr Salem Al Kaabi, acting general manager of Tadweer, along with several senior government officials.

In addition to promoting the culture of waste segregation at source and preventing indiscriminate dumping of waste through allocating designated bins for various types of recyclable waste, the scheme will help maintain a healthy and sustainable environment in Abu Dhabi and preserve the city’s aesthetic appeal.

HE Dr Al Zeyoudi said, “This community scheme will help achieve the objectives of the UAE National Agenda 2021, as it aims to segregate waste at source and dispose of it in an innovative manner. In addition to minimizing per capita waste generation, we need to convert waste from landfills and turn it into useful materials that support recycling industries.”

HE Falah Al Ahbabi, chairman of Tadweer, added, “The civic amenity emphasises Tadweer’s priority to provide safe and environment-friendly facilities within Abu Dhabi’s residential communities and neighbourhoods to streamline the collection, separation and treatment of waste. In addition to its significant economic and environmental benefits to Abu Dhabi, the initiative that is in line with our sustained mandate to apply the latest waste management systems and technologies in the emirate will help reduce the cost of waste segregation and preserve the environment.”

Tadweer is implementing the scheme in seven residential areas of Abu Dhabi including Khalidiyah Park. Colour-coded waste bins have been allocated to collect more than 12 different types of recyclable waste including glass, plastic, metal, electrical devices, paper, cartons and bulky waste. The bins display instructions on the type of waste collected and are attractively designed to best-in-class industry specifications to encourage the public to use them more frequently.

The civic amenity also ensures that the waste is segregated at source in a civilised and safe manner, which will increase the economic value of waste by turning it into valuable resources.

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