A total of 2,200 tons of waste is generated daily in Bahrain, and it is increasing at an alarming rate of 5 percent annually. This is apart from several tons of medical waste and 380 tons of industrial waste created each day. In terms of per capita waste generation, Bahrain surpasses many industrialized countries, according to Bahrain’s Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Dr. Juma Al Kaabi.
At an event to inaugurate Bahrain’s First Waste Management Forum (WMF) 2011, the minister said Bahrain sees a 1.6 kg per capital in comparison with the neighboring countries bigger in size, who produce only 1 kg per capita.
InBahrain, municipal waste is managed by the Municipalities and Urban Affairs Ministry, industrial waste by the Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment and Wildlife and healthcare waste by the Health Ministry.
The minister went on to add:
“The diversified developmental and industrial activities in Bahrain are responsible for producing and generating a broad spectrum of wastes both in terms of quality and quantity… The major challenge thatBahrainfaces on environment front is the management of this huge quantity of waste generated.”
With the nation undergoing a massive development on all sectors and an enhanced standard of living as well, it is also been noted that a huge quantity of waste is also generated. This has called for the need to be collected, transported, treated and disposed. “This is an economic, social and environmental requirement,” he said.
Pointed out that waste management has always been one of the main activities and priority issues of the government, Dr Al Kaabi said it has also been a part of the ministry’s goal and vision. The main challenge thatBahrainfaces is the increasing quantities of waste, limited land area and increasing population.
According to him,Bahrainneeds to adopt the most suitable, feasible and environmentally-friendly option of waste treatment and management to reduce any of its impacts on public health and environmental resources.
The challenges include high waste generation rate, mixing of different types of waste, lack of waste segregation at point of generation, lack of genuine involvement and serious commitment among the stakeholders, absence of waste treatment facilities and lack of integrated and multi-disciplinary approach in waste management.
With Bahrain’s First Waste Management Forum now up and running, it is expected that the forum would serve as a platform towards undertaking waste management measures in a practical and feasible manner. It has been pointed out that waste management was everyone’s responsibility and Bahrain’s air, water and natural resources needed to be used sustainably. Ensuring
zero waste would maximize recycling, minimize waste, reduce consumption and ensure that products are made to be reused, repaired or recycled back into nature or the marketplace, the minister added.
The three-day event, that has the Towards Zero Waste theme, is organized by Bahrain Polytechnic and is held under the patronage of Dr Al Ka’abi. It is supported by United Nation Environmental Programme and the Public Commission for Protection of Marine Resources, Environment and Wildlife, with Tamkeen as a strategic partner.
The conference converges expertise of international experts who will discuss waste management theories, state-of-the-art technologies, latest trends covering various environmental aspects and offers practical solutions to better manage waste materials.
The exhibition provides a platform for the latest set of solutions to the community, where exhibitors will be displaying and demonstrating their products, services and cutting-edge waste management technology and global trends.
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