20 PER CENT
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.