(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula
The Ministry of Municipality, represented by Recycling and Waste Management Department, in collaboration with private companies disposed off two million used tyres.
These used tyres in the form of about 50 million tonnes wastes were occupying Umm Al Afai landfill posing threats to environment and public health.
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Director of the Recycling and Waste Management Department Eng Hamad Jassim Al Bahr said this achievement comes within the framework of the Ministry of Municipality's endeavour to find successful solutions in the recycling and safe disposal of waste in all its sites, including the Umm Al Afai landfill. He said that millions of used tyres were accumulated at the landfill for years, and they are not biodegradable, which negatively affects the safety and health of the environment.
Al Bahr said that Umm Al Afai landfill in a total area of about 3.5 million square metres, was closed to receiving any kind of waste, after tyres accumulated on the site for many years.
He said that the department encouraged companies and investors to dispose of tyres in the landfill, by offering a technical bid to dispose of all tyres in the landfill with the participation of private sector companies. Al Bahr said that the tenders were awarded to three companies working in the field of tyre recycling, with contracts concluded with the management to dispose of the entire quantity.
QR250 were granted to companies for each tonne disposed of, as the companies worked on cutting tyres and exporting them abroad by March 2022. All tyres in the Umm Al Afai landfill were disposed of.
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