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Qatar eyes national household recycling scheme

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recycleA national recycling campaign, which would make it mandatory for all households, government organizations and public spaces to sort and separate their garbage, is in the pipeline, according to one government official.

As part of a “Clean Qatar” initiative, dedicated recycling bins would be distributed to families throughout the state, and installed in neighborhoods, public areas such as parks as well as in government buildings under new laws being considered by authorities.

This would be a significant expansion of the current national waste recycling program, which currently only exists in schools and universities and is part of a wider effort to meet the goals of the National Development Strategy 2011-16.

With less than two years to go, Qatar still has to meet the ambitious aim of ramping up its recycling rates from 8 percent to 25 percent and reducing overall the amount of waste going in to landfill from 91 percent of all household waste, to 64 percent by 2016.

In addition to encouraging more people to recycle, there is also a need to cut the total amount of waste produced, under a “reduce, reuse, recycle” philosophy.

According to Farraj Sheikh Al Fassari, a consultant for the minister of the Municipality and Urban Planning quoted in The Peninsula, the roll-out of the new program would be “soon,” although no specific date has been given.

It will follow an intensive public awareness campaign about the planned initiative.

Al Fassari said that the government would give assistance to private-sector companies that specialize in recycling household waste such as plastic and glass, to help make the new initiative a success.

While participation in the new scheme is described as “mandatory,” there are no details about potential penalties for not taking part.

Cutting waste

Qatar has one of the world’s highest rates of waste production per capita, at around 1.6kg to 1.8kg each day. Daily, it produces around 7,000 tons of waste, with 30 percent of that (2,100 tons) generated by households.

There have been multiple attempts to introduce wider recycling schemes throughout Qatar, although so far they have met with limited success.

After Qatar hosted the UN Climate Change Conference COP18 in 2012, there was talk of setting up a national recycling program, with bins to be placed in prominent public locations such as malls. However, this didn’t happen.Recycling cans

There are several public recycling points through Doha – such as in Katara Cultural Village and outside some malls – and Ikea has a recycling drop-off station inside its store for plastics, paper, cardboard, light bulbs and batteries. Some housing compounds also run their own service.

But most of these rely on committed people driving some distance to dispose of their waste properly.

A recent electronic survey of household energy consumption patterns by the Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) found that two-thirds (65 percent) of those who took part said they did not have access to convenient recycling facilities and half of all respondents said that more user-friendly facilities for common household waste such as paper and glass would encourage more people to recycle.

One of the recommendations from the QGBC was to introduce doorstep recycling or at least lots of neighborhood recycling stations as a way of encouraging more people to take part.

As Qatar’ population continues to grow on average 8 percent each year, it is under increasing pressure to find new ways of managing its waste.

The nation’s three landfills – in Umm Al-Afai for bulky and domestic waste, Rawda Rashed for construction and demolition waste, and Al-Krana for sewage waste – are all nearly full.

The domestic solid waste management center near Mesaieed, which was set up in 2011, is already operating at full capacity and is forced to dump 400 tons of domestic waste in landfill each day.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

While encouraging more recycling in Qatar will help, the real issue is reducing the amount of waste produced in the first place.

Simple initiatives such as encouraging people to use fewer plastic carrier bags in supermarkets, and take their own reusable bags are already commonplace in many countries and could be introduced here.

For example, in the UK and other European countries, many supermarkets now charge for their customers to use plastic bags, as a way of incentivizing them to bring their own.

Some products, such as olive oil and washing liquid, are also sold in “refill” sizes, which have less packaging and can repeatedly make use of the same container.

What do you think about the new recycling plans? Thoughts?

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oxford_tutor
oxford_tutor
6 years ago

QF Community Housing has recycling bins, and we use them. How confident can we be about what actually happens to the materials once they’re collected? The cynical among us might say the recyclables end up in landfills also. 🙁

ChaTo
6 years ago

Where can I recycle glass in Qatar? (QF bins only have cans, plastic, and paper). I used to go to Rumailah park but now the whole area is closed.

Cathy
Cathy
6 years ago
Reply to  ChaTo

Katara has lots of recycling bins (food, plastic, cans, paper and glass). There is a large blue recycling bin opposite City Centre Mall and the park Dahl Al Hamam near Landmark also have several large recycling bins.

Shabzed
Shabzed
6 years ago

Just for Fun 🙂

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Shabzed

Hehe but I hadn’t actually posted on this thread…..

A few corrections, I have a massive beard, I don’t actually use a desktop and I have the sword of Damocles hanging over me….

Shabzed
Shabzed
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Noted. 🙂

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  Shabzed

Loooooooool

Andy
Andy
6 years ago

We are a Recycling company here in Qatar for PET Bottles (Plastic), Cans and other Metals. We can provide a bin for household and companies. We can collect on a daily, weekly or monthly basis depending on your requirement. We make sure your recyclable waste are recycled.

Gareth Walters
Gareth Walters
6 years ago
Reply to  Andy

Andy how do I get in touch with you

Andy
Andy
6 years ago
Reply to  Gareth Walters

Hi Gareth, you can reach me at recycle@kmi.ae

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  Andy

We drink bottled water at home and we are a household of over nine people! The waste is bothering me and I’d like to do something about it. It’ll also teach my kids a valuable lesson. Please advise how we can set up a monthly collection.

Andy
Andy
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Hi A_qtr, we can definitely collect that. We actually do it at some villas, companies and compounds. You can send me an email at recycle@kmi.ae. It is definitely a valuable lesson for kids that they can also pass on as they grow up.

Nise
Nise
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Why don’t you use the 19 liters bottle?

zoeval
zoeval
6 years ago
Reply to  Andy

Andy, could you come to QF Education City Community Housing and start collecting there? A bit of a campaign to let people know about you? or will that interfere with the system they already have in place (which may or not actually recycling anything)

Andy
Andy
6 years ago
Reply to  zoeval

Nice to hear from you Zoeval. We don’t mind as long as there is no conflict with QF. You can send me an email at recycle@kmi.ae.

Kunal
Kunal
6 years ago
Reply to  Andy

Dear Andy,

How do I get in touch with you?

SullyofDoha
SullyofDoha
6 years ago

Already pretty good at recycling. How many times has there been an announcement that the Kafala system was under review with changes to come? :-/

Elusive Snake
Elusive Snake
6 years ago

We need more recycling stations all around Doha at least…….Soon! A lot of people cannot be bothered going to Katara, City Centre, Ikea or Landmark areas…and with the horrible traffic, no thanks.

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago

I’m surprised 8% of waste is recycled … I would have thought 99% finds its way to land fills

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago

One outside the gates of all family compounds at al waab and at the doors of major intl schools will make a huge difference

Apos
Apos
6 years ago

Is there any battery recycle place/company/collection point in Doha?

Misha
Misha
6 years ago

I hope this happens soon. Recycling is so inconvenient here. One thing I haven’t seen though is how to recycle e-waste. Batteries, broken cellphones and other electronic items. Qtel had a program that just disappeared before it became Ooredoo.

Rebecca Wyatt
Rebecca Wyatt
6 years ago

At home we had a big bin for paper/plastic/glass/cardboard/aluminum and one for green waste. We also brought lots of reusable bags with us and I use them when I shop – sometimes I have to explain what they are for but one day I hope that WON’T be the case! Not being able to recycle here has been difficult and I’m happy it may happen sooner than later.

DB
DB
6 years ago

Put a recycling center at the Pearl and I’ll be the first in line (and there will be plenty behind me, for sure).

zackerythomas
zackerythomas
6 years ago

Source separation and collection is good but also requires processing infrastructure…

Michael Brady
Michael Brady
6 years ago

Hello interesting discussion going on here.
Recycling initiatives are great however they are only as good as the education and awareness measures that accompany them. If the public don’t know It’ll have a small up-take.
I am based in Qatar but have a company back in Ireland that have launched a recycling App that address such issues, – Bin-Ovation is an education an awareness tool that has thousands of users back home and we are live in 8 council areas. I’d be keen to get any Qatar government contacts here who you can share to show them the App, as I believe it could work well in Qatar in conjunction with new initiatives.
Fee free to download from Play store and App store or view the webpage http://www.bin-ovation.com
Thanks
Michael

Dutchie
Dutchie
6 years ago

Let people pay for the amount of there ‘non recyclable’ waste. In this way they will get motivated to make that part of their garbage smaller by saving up plastic, cartons, aluminum, cans and paper to recycle for free. This various recyclable materials will be collected for free according dates on a calendar from the government. You could involve schools by paying them for the paper they collect. In this way they can save up for school events and the kids get eco minded. Could this work in Doha?

Ali bouaboub
Ali bouaboub
6 years ago

I look for a company in the field of recycling of plastic PET bottles in qatar, if you have contacts or rensignement send me an email thank you .

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