Emirates news agency – Tadweer records remarkable achievements in 2020
ABU DHABI, June 30, 2021 (WAM) – The Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center (Tadweer) recorded remarkable achievements in 2020 despite the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to its operations.
Tadweer’s accomplishments have spanned the full spectrum of its operational sectors, including pest control, waste collection and transportation, project and facility management, and environmental awareness and education. At the same time, the center made a significant contribution to the national disinfection program throughout its operation.
Inspection and surveillance teams from Tadweer’s Pest Control Projects Department have stepped up efforts to contain the proliferation of mosquitoes and flies in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The center has also implemented an integrated mosquito control program that incorporates the latest practices to effectively control the parasites and ensure their reproduction rates remain below allowable levels.
Through the effective use of insect traps in surveillance and control operations, a total of 2,073,453 mosquitoes, 404,377 large insects and 2,942,621 small insects were monitored.
Tadweer has also taken various measures to eliminate mosquito breeding sites in various areas of Abu Dhabi by continuously monitoring and monitoring potential breeding sites on farms and construction sites and residential projects.
It has also worked with Abu Dhabi International Airport to monitor breeding sites for mosquitoes that transmit disease and has conducted several outreach programs through various print, visual, audio and social media platforms.
In 2020, Tadweer eliminated 60% of pest habitats in various parts of the emirate and reduced pesticide use by 20% compared to 2019 through the use of smart traps.
In addition, the proliferation of rodents in residential areas was reduced from 3.3% in 2019 to 2.2% in 2020. Likewise, the infestation of American cockroaches decreased to 1.9% in 2020 from 2% the previous year, while the rodent infestation on farms fell sharply from 14.6% in 2019 to 3.8% in 2020.
Tadweer also conducted 10 public awareness programs last year to highlight the risks associated with pest infestations and ways to prevent them. It also ensured that 88% of planners comply with its waste management and pest control circular.
Tadweer’s pest control teams operate in various geographic areas in Abu Dhabi including Abu Dhabi Island (East and West), Abu Dhabi City, Yas Island, Al Ain City ( the northern and southern regions) and the Al Dhafra region.
The center also received 74,484 requests for pest control from the public and detected 5,303,205 infested sites.
In addition to seven operational contracts, Tadweer awarded contracts worth AED 2.4 billion last year to provide waste collection and transport services in a total area covering 67,340 km. It also deployed a team of 66 inspectors and 7,600 workers equipped with 1,445 vehicles and 162,000 bins.
Last year, Tadweer unloaded containers carrying municipal solid waste 4,212,000 times, posting an average annual increase of 3.2%. The center also treated 88,220 tonnes of waste each month with 162,000 containers, 215 equipment and 805 employees.
Tadweer also collected 6,820 tonnes of bulky waste from the Abu Dhabi area last year, a variation of 25.3%. This included 3,960 tonnes of bulky waste from the Abu Dhabi area, 2,410 tonnes from the Al Ain area and 450 tonnes from the Al Dhafra area.
At the same time, the average annual quantity of green waste transported and collected across the emirate in 2020 amounted to 8,925 tonnes, i.e. an annual variation of 25.25%. This includes 2,070 tonnes from the Abu Dhabi area, 2,125 tonnes from the Al Ain area and 4,740 tonnes from the Al Dhafra area.
These achievements express Tadweer’s efforts to develop an advanced waste management infrastructure to attract investment by opening three new facilities to process medical and hazardous waste.
The center has inaugurated a new facility for the treatment of animals found dead in the city of Abu Dhabi to the highest international and local standards. The facility is aligned with Abu Dhabi’s goal of ensuring the safe and proper disposal of all types of waste.
The center also attached great importance to the implementation of strategic projects in the Al Dhafra region. It opened a demolition and construction waste recycling facility in Ghayathi and started operating a tire recycling facility in the Madinat Zayed and Ghayathi landfills.
As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tadweer deployed three mobile facilities in record time. Installed and operated within 48 hours, these facilities have helped key COVID-19 testing and quarantine centers in Abu Dhabi to safely dispose of medical and hazardous waste.
The center also obtained the approval of 4 organic fertilizer products from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and installed a new solar power unit at the Al Dhafra plant.
The department will launch two of its most important strategic projects in the coming months, including the Waste-to-Energy (WTE) project and the MRF & RDF project.
Tadweer’s licensing, pricing and customer service department continued its achievements in 2020. Among them, the integration of its services with digital identity, integration with the Unified Services Platform (TAMM) and the imposition of administrative penalties for repeated violations.
The ministry has also developed an initiative to classify companies providing environmental services and an initiative to develop a new waste reduction system.
In 2020, the center organized and participated in nearly 110 awareness raising events and campaigns in the three regions of Abu Dhabi, and actively supported several sub-campaigns in schools, private and public organizations and shopping areas. This enabled Tadweer to carry his message to over 254,430 people from various segments of society, including Emiratis and residents of various nationalities.
As a key priority in Tadweer’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the centre’s Environment, Health and Safety department has adopted a comprehensive plan to create a safe environment for all workers in the waste sector during its normal operations. , emergencies and crises and developed programs to ensure the health and safety of all workers under contract with Tadweer.
The department provided significant KPIs in terms of strategic and operational objectives for the environment, health, safety and business continuity. Between Q1 and Q4 2020, the department achieved 90% of its overall KPI targets.
In terms of business continuity, the department has reorganized its business continuity system in accordance with national and international standards, reaching 81% compliance at the end of 2020, compared to 41% in 2019.
Since the start of the COVID-19 epidemic, Tadweer’s field and administrative teams have worked tirelessly to ensure optimal results from the centre’s participation in the program, while protecting the health and safety of the community. Abu Dhabi from all the ill effects of the pandemic.
To support the program, the center deployed a special team of 972 people made up of disinfection specialists, engineers, supervisors, technicians, cleaners and administrative staff. Working ten hours a day, the team worked a total of 1.8 million hours over 227 days until November 8, 2020.
Falah Mohamed Al Ahbabi, President of Tadweer, said: âWe are proud of the achievements Tadweer has achieved over the past year in adopting a well-balanced strategy to achieve its goals of supporting Abu Dhabi’s sustainable development.
âTadweer’s efforts and initiatives are aligned with the Abu Dhabi government’s priority of improving the quality of life in urban and rural areas and preserving the environment of the Emirate for current and future generations in collaboration with its strategic partners.
Dr Salem Al Kaabi, Managing Director of Tadweer, said: âTadweer’s achievements over the past year can be attributed to the centre’s strategic vision of developing an integrated system to effectively manage different types of waste.
âIn waste management projects and facility management, our main achievements include the opening of the environmentally friendly waste treatment complex named ‘Eco Park’, the launch of new medical and hazardous waste treatment facilities. in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra, and the finalization of the design of the Al Dhafra landfill road and main entrance. We have also completed the study and preparation of the tender dossier for resource recovery and waste recovery facilities and have incorporated quality requirements into new contracts.