Oman's solid waste to reach 4.6m tonnes pa by 2020
Country working towards modern forms of waste management
Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (be'ah Oman) has said that the amount of solid waste being generated in the country by 2020 is expected to reach 4.6 million tonnes per annum, which will put greater pressure on the country's landfill sites.
In light of this, a Waste Management Forum Oman is being held in Muscat to help reduce solid waste with the aim of moving towards zero waste movement.
The forum will highlight subjects like waste collection, importance of waste hierarchy - reuse, reduce and recycle - government initiative and policy structures, and waste management within the oil & gas, construction and medical sector.
To date, the government has set up a plan to establish 16 modern landfills, 65 waste transfer stations and four treatment plants.
However, there has been a lack of regulation in dealing with plants, but be'ah Oman has the mandate to restructure and privatise the country's solid waste structure.
Issues that will be discussed at the forum include integrated and new techniques of solid waste management, hazardous waste - its impact and solution, waste to energy or energy from waste, clean development mechanism and effectively managing construction and demolition waste.
Confirmed speakers include international environment bodies like UNESCO, UNDP; international government bodies - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs UK, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment of Spain, Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs - Egypt.
Environment bodies from the Gulf taking part include Health Authority Abu Dhabi, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, Saudi Environmental Society; local waste management companies like Oman Waste water Services Company (Haya Water) and be'ah (Oman Environmental Services Holding Co) and faculty of waste management - Sultan Qaboos University.