As part of its efforts to support Abu Dhabi’s mandate of diverting 75 percent of waste from landfills, Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center (Tadweer) has opened a new facility in Ghayathi, Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, to recycle construction and demolition waste.
Located near the Ruwais oil fields and the UAE-Saudi Arabia border, the new facility will help 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 tons per month, with an average daily inflow of 1,500 to 2,000 tons.
With a minimum production capacity of 31,000 tons per month and 150 to 200 tons 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.
The opening of the recycling facility at Ghayathi is a part of Tadweer’s strategic plan to implement world class waste management system in Abu Dhabi, while positioning UAE at the forefront of innovative recycling. Tadweer aims to continuously develop practical solutions to enhance the effectiveness of construction and demolition waste management system. This in-turn helps Tadweer to not just preserve the environment and reduce the pollution caused by the construction activities, but also create new investment opportunities in integrated waste management.
Abu Dhabi, over the past several years, have witnessed a boom in construction undertakings, with the resulting waste accounting for a large proportion of solid waste in the emirate. This has made Tadweer even more focused to divert waste from landfills and encourage recycling. The new facility in Ghayathi, along with complying to the latest global practices in waste treatments, is also equipped with state-of-the-art systems and technologies. This proves beneficial to the organization as, in the future, it would allow them to recycle larger volumes of construction and demolition wastes.
The new facility seeks to support the Abu Dhabi Executive Council’s resolution of utilizing a minimum quantity of 40 percent 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.