20 PER CENT

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Be­tween 35 to 50 per cent of the to­tal waste gen­er­ated in Abu Dhabi is ex­cess food thrown away, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­tre of Waste Man­age­ment, Tad­weer. Ini­tial find­ings from Abu Dhabi Waste Mas­ter Plan 2040’s waste study in­di­cate that a sig­nif­i­cant amount of solid waste gen­er­ated from the emi­rate is food. Ac­cord­ing to Tad­weer, the amount of waste is ex­pected to dou­ble in the next 25 years to 24 mil­lion tonnes per year as com­pared to 12 mil­lion tonnes of waste pro­duced in 2013. “The cur­rent fa­cil­i­ties in place to man­age waste will not be enough to man­age the ex­pected in­crease in waste,” said Eissa Saif Al Qubaisi, Gen­eral Man­ager, Tad­weer. The Abu Dhabi Waste Man­age­ment Plan 2040 aims to study and re­duce waste re­duc­tion in the emi­rate by 85 per cent by 2021. The study in­volved hand sort­ing mu­nic­i­pal solid waste from nine waste col­lec­tion spots in­clud­ing Abu Dhabi is­land, Musaf­fah, Mafraq, Yas is­land, Al Raha and the Western re­gion for a pe­riod of three months “We are at a sig­nif­i­cant point in the plan’s devel­op­ment and the find­ings and anal­y­sis from this study will en­able the Waste Mas­ter Plan team to de­velop sce­nar­ios that we can re­view with our Steer­ing Com­mit­tee mem­ber,” he said. The study also in­di­cated that 20 per cent of the waste is ei­ther pa­per or card­board and ap­prox­i­mately 2.5 per cent of mu­nic­i­pal solid waste gen­er­ated across Abu Dhabi is pri­mar­ily drink bot­tles and con­tain­ers that are eas­ily re­cy­clable.

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