Oman steps up waste collection with two-bin system
Potential recyclable waste include products like soda, milk and other type of cans, grocery plastics, shopping bags, plastic bottles, drinks bottles, broken glass, paper products like used envelopes, newspapers, magazines and cardboard boxes
As part of its waste management system, Oman envrionmental services holding company (be’ah) is planning to introduce two-bin system across the country in a phased manner.
“We are planning to introduce the two-bin system across Oman. This will begin once our recycling system is in place. One bin will be for dry waste and the other for wet waste. The dry waste will go for recycling,” a be’ah official said, adding that the move will segregate waste.
“One bin will be for waste that will be sent to engineered landfills and the other for recyclable waste such as plastic bottles, cans etc,” the official said. “If the waste is segregated at source, then the recyclables do not get contaminated by getting mixed with general waste,” he said.
Potential recyclable waste include products like soda, milk and other type of cans, grocery plastics, shopping bags, plastic bottles, drinks bottles, broken glass, paper products like used envelopes, newspapers, magazines and cardboard boxes.
Following best international practices, be’ah is working towards implementing a modern waste management system. This means reducing the amount of waste going to engineered landfills through a waste diversion process, which involves segregation and recycling and also recovering value from waste to generate energy.
The official said, “Once we have covered the whole country, we can have accurate data on the amount of waste that is generated and we can plan to make the best out of waste.” On trial basis be’ah has started use of construction and demolition waste. Waste resulting from demolition of houses for Batinah coastal road project is being treated and used in the construction of new roads.