R-E-C-Y-C-L-E bins – Are we ready to learn?
Guess what caught the fancy of the entire country during the COP18 conference? It was the recycling bins at the Qatar National Convention Centre – as rare a sight as unicorn hair.
Guess what caught the fancy of the entire country during the COP18 conference? Not the ‘protests’, not the lack of resolution, not even the large numbers of visitors. It was the recycling bins at the Qatar National Convention Centre – as rare a sight as unicorn hair.[boxify cols_use =”1″ cols =”2″ position =”left” order =”none” box_spacing =”10″ padding =”10″ background_color =”#3c3c3c” border_style =”solid” ]These bins have been around in QNCC since its opening, but the COP18 organisers requested it be moved to more prominent spots.[/boxify]
The waste collected during the two week long conference are being sent to Doha Plastic, oil waste generated from the kitchen to Qatar Reclamation Oil Plant, and paper and carton waste are collected by Talib Papers.
QNCC’s initiative for COP 18 ‘grab and go’ food outlets used 37,500 bowls made from Sugar Cane residue; 20,200 salad bowls and 30,000 drinking cups for cold drinks produced from natural starch; 120,000 knives, forks and spoons and 150,000 coffee cups made from natural cellulose.
These products were chosen because they are CO2 neutral, biologically degradable items. Some of the cleaning detergents used were also eco-friendly.
Qatar has a very poor waste management system. The country generates more than 7,000 tonnes of solid waste each day, but only eight percent is recycled.
Qatar does have three plastic recycling facilities, but they have a minimum pick-up weight of 600 to 700 kgs. There are four collecting points at the Education City, Al Rumeilah family park, Katara and at The Pearl.