DOHA: Qatar is moving away from conventional waste management techniques with a planned expansion of the Solid Waste Management Center in Mesaieed, which is considered the first of its kind in the country and the region.
The Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, who inspected the centre yesterday, asked the Ministry of Environment to do a study on how the facility could be expanded and its capacity increased to accommodate growing demand for waste management in the country.
The study will also explore how to handle the issue of landfills and involve the private sector in projects related to waste management.
The centre’s plan for the next five years will focus on dealing with an expected increase in the volume of domestic waste, the Minister of Environment, H E Ahmed Amer Mohamed Al Humaidi, who accompanied the Prime Minister during the visit, told Qatar News Agency.
The minister described the waste management facility as one of the important infrastructure projects in Qatar and the first of its kind in the GCC and the Middle East due to its use of the latest technology in all stages of waste management.
The plan includes establishing a new waste management facility in the west of Doha in the next five years. The two current facilities, located in the south and west of Doha, have a combined capacity of 900 tons.
Citing the ministry, QNA said that operating the centre at its full capacity will lead to a departure from conventional waste management techniques.
During the inspection tour, the Prime Minister was briefed on a comprehensive model for the facility and its various sections, and its functions were explained to him in detail. He was also briefed on the different stages of recycling.
Al Humaidi said that the Prime Minister’s inspection visit reflected the importance attached by the government to environment projects, saying that environment was a key element in the national strategy and one of the four pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030.