Pilot recycling project launched in Nabih Saleh

Manama, Undersecretary of Municipalities Affairs at the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, Dr. Nabeel Abulfateh, launched a waste recycling project in the housing area of Nabih Saleh in cooperation with the specialised consultant company currently working in Bahrain preparing the National Waste Management Strategy.

The project was a concept initiated between Estidama Waste Management Center and Gulf City Cleaning.

Abulfateh said a major initiative of the National Waste Strategy is source separation of waste to ensure maximum recycling potential, but communal sorting facilities can lead to contaminated waste which sometimes has to go the landfill. Clean waste sorted at the household produces a much higher recovery rate than mixed with other waste.

The idea of the pilot project is to engage with the public to cooperate by targeting households directly to participate to ensure maximum clean recyclables. Estidama and the Consulting Company, together with GCCC and the volunteers from Bahrain Cleanup team, presented a series of introductory lectures and the objectives of the project and the role of citizens over a two week period, through field visits to a group of houses, in addition to meeting with social activists in places of public gatherings such as mosques and open councils there.

The success of this project will determine what changes have to be made in order to expand the services to other areas of the country. Dr Nabeel said we have to accept that the success depends upon the participation of the public using the facilities. If the recyclables are contaminated the recovery rate will be very low, making the project unfeasible. The success of this pilot project is crucial to the future of recycling.

According to the Undersecretary of Municipalities Affairs, "The waste collection contractor in the province of the Capital Municipality has provided a set of containers for sortingpaper and plastic waste in specific locations strategically placed in Nabih Saleh". He added "with the distribution of containers there will bepre and post questionnaires,including questions about the extent to which citizens know the concepts of sorting and recycling, the number of garbage bags produced daily, in addition to the amount of plastic and paper expected of the total daily garbage for each house, and other information to support the study.

He pointed out that "the study extends over a full year, interspersed with repeated field visits by the Estidama, the consulting company, the volunteer team and the cleaning company to carry out periodic questionnaires prepared according to a schedule, in addition to measuring the extentof the citizens' interaction with each sorting point, and the reasons for anydecline or rise in the project. The plastic and paper waste collected there will be takento a dedicated site for the purpose of weighing and collecting accurate information.

On the expected results of the study, the Undersecretary of Municipalities Affairs said that "the selection of the Ministry of Housing area of Nabih Saleh came on the basis of several criteria. First, it is a modern area, the number of houses is limited, as well as the desire of citizens there to develop and care for their area. He stressed that The world is moving significantly towards the application of sorting and recycling of waste in various types of paper, plastic, glass and metal, and the Kingdom of Bahrain is considering the application of this in practice in the future. Therefore, practical and field studies are taking placeas recommended in the National Waste Management Strategy currently being drafted.

Source: Bahrain News Agency