Recycling Prospects in Saudi Arabia

The concept of waste recycling has been getting increasing attention in Saudi Arabia in recent years. The country produces around 15 million tons of municipal solid waste each year with an average daily rate of 1.4 kg per person. This rate is projected to double (30 million tons per year) by 2033 with current annual population growth rate of 3.4%. The major ingredients of Saudi Arabian municipal solid waste are food waste (40-51%), paper (12-28%), cardboard (7%), plastics (5-17%), glass (3-5%), wood (2-8%), textile (2-6%), metals (2-8%) etc. depending on the urban activities and population density of studied region. Read more

Human litter found in Europe’s deepest ocean depths

hermione-project-seafloo-006 Bottles, plastic bags, fishing nets and other human litter have been found in Europe’s deepest ocean depths, according one of the largest scientific surveys of the seafloor to date.

Scientists used video and trawl surveys to take nearly 600 samples from 32 sites in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans and the Mediterranean Sea, from depths of 35 metres to 4.5 kilometres. They found rubbish in every Mediterranean site surveyed, and all the way from the continental shelf of Europe to the mid-Atlantic ridge, around 2,000km from land. Read more

Washing-up liquid bottle made from ocean plastic aims to clean up seas

Plastic rubbish washed up on a beach. Fish in the northern Pacific Ocean ingest as much as 24,000 tonnes of plastic each year – the equivalent of 480m two-litre plastic bottles. Photograph: AP

The world’s first washing-up liquid bottle made from reclaimed ocean plastic is to go on sale in UK supermarkets later this month. Read more

Peeping into the Future of Waste

Waste management is an important tool for curbing climate change and for keeping our environment clean and healthy. Methane generated from biodegradable wastes is a powerful greenhouse gas, and when it’s not captured and used as a fuel it contributes to rapid warming of the atmosphere. Estimates suggest that biodegradable waste in dump sites and uncapped landfill sites are contributing far more methane to the atmosphere than previously thought. What’s more, urban food waste is predicted to increase by 44% from 2005 to 2025, and with no proper management in place, will significantly add to global greenhouse gas emissions. Read more

NAIROBI SET FOR MULTI-MILLION SHILLINGS WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT

Nairobi County Governor Dr Evans Kidero on Thursday announced that the county government has set Sh200 million to refurbish roads leading to Dandora dumpsite.

The governor also announced that the county government will be spending Sh1 million daily for the next 45 days to address the garbage menace in the city.

At the same time, the environment chief officer, Leah Oyake, has resigned following the garbage collection scandal at City Hall. Read more

East Delhi chokes on filth, snarls

NEW DELHI: East Delhi resembled a waste dump on the fourth day of the strike called by municipal workers. Streets littered with garbage and resultant stink made life miserable for residents and commuters in areas like Laxmi Nagar, Shanti Vihar, Karkardooma, Jamuna Sports Complex and Shahdara.

Trash dumped on main roads slowed down traffic, causing huge jams in many parts of east Delhi on Saturday morning. The situation in north Delhi was comparatively better as the garbage-lifting job has already been outsourced to a private concessionaire. Read more

Cabinet likely to approve policy for producing more compost from municipal garbage

NEW DELHI: In its bid to push production of compost from municipal solid waste, the Cabinet on Wednesday is likely to approve the proposal to provide subsidy to cities that will take up this task vigorously. As per the proposal, the fertilizer ministry will provide Rs 1,500 subsidy to city administration and municipal bodies for selling every tonne of such compost.

The proposal also includes making it mandatory for the urea marketing companies to sell compost from municipal waste. Sources said the norm is likely to mandate selling of 3-4 bags of compost for every 6-7 bags of urea. Read more

Waste Management in Morocco

Solid waste management is one of the major environmental problems threatening the Mediterranean Kingdom of Morocco. More than 5 million tons of solid waste is generated across the country with annual waste generation growth rate touching 3 percent. The proper disposal of municipal solid waste in Morocco is exemplified by major deficiencies such as lack of proper infrastructure and suitable funding in areas outside of major cities.  Read more

The Menace of Marine Litter

Marine litter, long a neglected topic, has started to garner some attention. Marine litter is composed of a diverse mix of items from various sources and so a one-size fits all solution is unlikely to be effective. Abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG), plastic packaging (bottles, caps, bags, etc.) and plastic manufacturing pellets are amongst the most common and persistent items found. Comparing the feasibility and the financial case for recovery versus prevention for each of these groups reveals a worrying gap in our attempts to deal with the problem. Read more

BMC CONFIRMS NEW DUMP YARD IN MULUND, LOCALS RAISE A STINK

The BMC confirmed a new dumping ground at Mulund even as city activists are planning to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board authorities to discuss the mismanagement of the city’s solid waste.

Thirty-two hectares of land at Mulund, near the Airoli Bridge, has been allocated for solidwaste management. This means that the new proposed dumping ground at Airoli Bridge, and the existing dumping grounds at Kanjurmarg, Chembur and Mulund will take all of the city’s solid waste. The plan is being opposed by locals and Nationalist Congress Party. Read more