The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi has issued the implementing regulations for integrated waste management, which were approved by the Chairman of the Authority’s Board of Directors, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The issuance of the regulation was based on Local Law No. 21 of 2005 regarding waste management in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The regulation aims to regulate and improve waste management in the emirate, by reducing waste of all kinds and reusing it, applying the best available methods and techniques for recycling and waste treatment, resource recovery and safe disposal, to protect the environment and reduce damage to human health, and contribute to the achievement of national and local waste indicators to achieve sustainable development.
The Secretary General of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, Dr. Sheikha Salem Al Dhaheri: “The regulation is considered the first of its kind in the emirate and contributes to overcoming the challenges it faces in waste management, aids development and the rational management of waste and attracts investments in the waste sector The regulation also contributes to avoiding duplication in the waste sector, after defining the role of Each authority is concerned with managing the sector from the legislative, regulatory and operational, and the authority will coordinate with the competent authorities to develop and implement educational and awareness programs to raise the level of culture of community members, practitioners of environmental services, various sectors and businessmen on the provisions of this regulation in order to achieve the objectives of the regulation.
He added that this regulation covers all vital sectors in the emirate, such as residential, industrial, commercial, agricultural, craft, professional, service, health and institutional sectors such as government and semi-government agencies, universities, institutes, schools, training. centers and others.
The Acting Executive Director of the Environmental Quality Sector, Ing. Faisal Al Hammadi, indicated that “the regulation defines the basic principles of integrated waste management in the emirate, in addition to the environmental licensing procedures for waste management facilities and environmental service providers, the roles and responsibilities of relevant and competent authorities, and the obligations of waste management facilities, environmental service providers and waste generators”. The regulation also regulates the waste transfer process from one emirate to another, as well as its export outside the country.
Al Hammadi explained that the authority started to implement the requirements of the regulation after preparing the executive plan for the regulation and sharing it with the relevant authorities in the emirate and determining their roles in it, taking into account the responsibilities of these authorities.