Muscat: Oman is set to recycle 60 per cent of landfill waste by 2020, according to Be’ah, the Oman Environmental Services Company.
Company CEO Eng. Tariq Al Amri said, “Our goal in 2020 and beyond is to transfer 60 per cent of waste from engineered landfills by recycling waste and using it to increase its added value.”
This is part of the company’s efforts to work with waste in a secure and safe manner and to make more use of recycled waste.
Before this can happen, Be’ah will attempt to close all landfills in Oman.
The CEO added, “by [the end of] 2019 all landfills will be closed and replaced by engineered landfills with global specifications, especially after we were able to cover 70 per cent of most governorates in Oman.”
These comments came during a meeting yesterday where Be’ah showcased its plan for waste management in the governorate of North Al Sharqiya.
Regarding Be’ah’s central strategy, Eng. Al Amri said, “We have established four central pillars, which are damage control, restructuring the waste management sector, developing it, and boosting the local economy.”
Soon, Be’ah will be in charge of waste management in North Al Sharqiya.
Ahmed Al Araimi, the Regional Director for Shariqya and Al Wusta, explained that starting from June 16, service will be transferred from the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources and be placed under the direct supervision of Be’ah.
Al Araimi added, “The contract for waste management in North Al Sharqiya has been given to Rumooz Veolia, which will work to provide the containers and tools needed for collection and transport of municipal solid waste.”
It is important to place waste in the container, since the company will not collect waste deposited too far from the container.
Al Araimi said, “Service coverage will begin from the container and stretch in a 20-metre diameter around it, and will include the safe disposal of waste in the engineered landfills.”