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Waste Management and Recycling

UNESCO Qatar

October 6, 2016

As in most affluent nations, Qatar produces large quantities of waste and is developing strategies to dramatically curb waste production. The proposals in the National Development Strategy 2011-2016 will set Qatar on a course to dramatically reduce the amount of waste going to landfills by greatly increasing recycling efforts and improve waste management efforts. Considering the country's limited resources, increased recycling and converting waste to energy are pillars of the strategy.

Qatar produces more than 7,000 tons of solid waste every day. Currently, households are responsible for about 30% of that waste, while commerce, industry, and construction account for the rest. The vast majority of that non-domestic waste today goes directly to the landfill. The waste strategy will cover waste from households, the construction industry, and industrial and commercial sectors. It will focus on two primary goals:


Recycling and Waste Reduction

The prospective plans for waste reduction will almost greatly increase recycling of industrial and commercial waste, the target being to reduce the amount going to landfills from 91% to 64%. Plans are also in place to greatly improve the amount of household waste being recycled. These efforts will be accompanied by a public awareness campaign to impress upon the people of Qatar to create less waste and that recycling is an every day responsibility.

Convert Waste to Energy

The establishment of an integrated domestic solid waste management center, that will come online in late 2011, is a central component in the waste management strategy. This center will handle the conversion of waste to energy, and will greatly increase the amount of waste recycling. While not solely responsible, the center will be a major asset in allowing Qatar to increase recycling efforts for solid waste from 8% to the target of 38%.

Source:  www.gov.qa

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