Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer) has opened a new facility to recycle construction and demolition waste in Ghayathi in Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, as part of Abu Dhabi’s effort to divert 75 per cent of waste from landfills
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Located near the Ruwais oil fields and the UAE-Saudi Arabia border, the new facility is expected to ease the pressure on Al Dhafra landfill, which is anticipated to receive incoming construction and demolition waste in the range of 60,000 to 70,000 tonnes per month with an average daily inflow of 1,500 to 2,000 tonnes.
With a minimum production capacity of 31,000 tonnes per month and 150 to 200 tonnes per hour, the new facility recycles construction and demolition waste and provides recycled aggregate for the construction of roads and other infrastructure projects.
In addition, a mobile crusher has been set up at the facility to accommodate the existing stockpiles as well as the incoming waste intended for recycling.
Dr Salem Al Kaabi, acting general manager of Tadweer, said, “The opening of the Ghayathi recycling facility is aligned with our strategic plan to implement a world-class waste management system in Abu Dhabi and position the UAE at the forefront of innovative recycling.”
The new facility seeks to support the Abu Dhabi Executive Council's resolution of utilising a minimum quantity of 40 per cent recycled material, if available, in road and construction projects. Recycling of construction and demolition waste also helps conserve natural resources through reduced reliance on virgin aggregate, which in turn cuts transportation cost and avoids CO2 emissions.
The initiative is in line with Tadweer’s ambitious plan to develop practical solutions to enhance the effectiveness of construction and demolition waste management, reducing the pollution caused by construction activities, while creating new investment opportunities in integrated waste management, Al Kaabi explained.
Al Kaabi further added, “In addition to complying with the latest global practices in waste treatment, the new facility is fitted with state-of-the-art systems and technologies that allow Tadweer to recycle larger volumes of construction and demolition waste in future.”