Qatar’s daily newspaper The Peninsula reports that as the Ministry of Municipality and Environment of Qatar (MME) is set to organize the 1st International Waste Management Conference, Qatar is making steady progress in recycling waste, including end-of-life tires, to achieve its environment protection goals.

According to the newspaper, in 2020 alone, 434,000 tons of construction materials were produced by recycling construction waste. According to information shared by the MME on its official social media accounts, 482,402 tires were also processed in 2020.

The company handling the Rawdat Rashid Landfill site works on recycling construction waste to produce different building materials such as rubble, construction powder, and gravel in different measurements. 434,000 tonnes of building materials were produced in 2020, MME shared details on its Twitter account.

The Rawdat Rashid Landfill also has a section for tire companies and receives approximately 2,000 to 2,500 end-of-life tires per day. In total, about 482,402 tires were processed in 2020.

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) will organize 1st International Waste Management Conference on April 5 and 6. Several governmental and semi-governmental institutions, private sector, local factories, some external parties, and a group of experts and specialists in local and international waste management and treatment would participate in the event.

According to another post shared by the MME, as many as 29,113 permits for waste disposal were issued in 2020. Permits for waste disposal are issued for landfills through an e-service managed by Waste Recycling and Treatment Department on MME’s website. The permits were issued for Umm Thneitein Landfill, Mesaieed Landfill and Rawdat Rashid Landfill.

The Ministry said that Qatar’s National Development Strategy Goals 2018-2022 include encouraging and supporting the private sector to pursue recycling projects for all types of wastes; devising a plan to manage solid waste which would emphasize country’ recycling strategy and handle hazardous waste and substances.

Raising the percentage of the utilization of recycled materials to 20 percent by the end of 2022 and recycling 15 percent of all generated waste by the end of 2022 are also part of strategy.

The MME also gave details of approved sanctions in the Al Afja Industrial Recycling Lots which include oil recycling, battery recycling, paper recycling, tire recycling, scrap recycling, plastic recycling, wood recycling, glass recycling, food waste recycling, animal waste recycling, construction waste recycling and medical waste recycling.

In another tweet, the MME said that Qatar has four waste relay stations (West Doha Station, Dukhan Station, Industrial Area Station and South Doha Station) that receive waste from the Energy Department and transfer them to waste treatment centers or landfills.

Through the 1st International Waste Management Conference, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment aims to develop a waste management system and promote environmental awareness by shedding light on the most recent waste management methods which seek produce energy, fertilizers and recyclable materials, the Ministry said on the website of the conference.

Original article by The Peninsula.