By Staff writer
The rise in waste creates opportunities for the private sector
Total waste generated in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is expected to increase to 120 million metric tonne (MT) per annum by 2020 from 94 million MT in 2015 due to increase in population and industrialisation, according to Frost & Sullivan.
With governments promoting public-private partnerships in the waste management sector, private companies operating in waste collection, transportation, treatment, and technology will have a huge advantage to grow, organisers of Middle East Cleaning Technology Week said.
“Municipalities in the region are now tapping into services offered by private companies to help manage city waste as they are highly capable of providing integrated services with efficient collection and management of landfills,” said Jamal Abdullah Lootah, chief executive officer, Imdaad.
“The waste management sector has now evolved to an attractive investment area for companies, which can be attributed to wide industrialisation and an increasing population in the cities. With ever increasing waste across the region, a sustainable waste management system, provided by companies like us, ensures sustainable quality as far as waste management is concerned. The public-private partnership in waste management in the region is sure to support the creation of more value in the coming years,” he said.
Sultan Jrab, projects director, Lavajet Group said: “It is not just collecting waste, but about eco-friendly treatment too. Though landfill is still considered cost-effective in the country, we are seeing a lot of efforts from public and private sector to keep waste away from landfills.
“Segregation of waste right from bins until it reaches treatment plants has resulted in increased demand for new solutions and technologies and timely services. This coupled with the expected development and population growth in the region will exponentially fuel the waste management industry,” he added.
Jayaraman Nair, chairman, VIS Exhibitions and Conferences – organiser of MECTW, said: “Most of the waste in the GCC has been from construction and municipal sectors till recently, but a rapid increase in electronic, hazardous and bio-medical waste is being observed, which would require newer and eco-friendlier ways of management.”