New Al Tadweer Programme by QGBC Sets Recycling Benchmark in Qatar
Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) has unveiled Al Tadweer – a Recycling Validation Scheme (RVS) that provides scalable guidance for the recycling industry in Qatar.
The programme, partly sponsored by HSBC Qatar, was launched via a webinar attended by key stakeholders who introduced the programme features, requirements and application process.
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Al Tadweer programme
Al Tadweer ensures confidence in recycled products from solid waste through a quality audit and certification system. The programme offers a validation pathway covering the whole recycling lifecycle: solid waste collections and haulers to waste; sorting and processing; and waste recycling into manufacturing.
Solid waste is one of Qatar’s growing challenges, emerging from rapid economic growth and urban development. The country has one of the highest per capita waste generation rates worldwide with 1.8 kg per day. As a result, the Qatar Second National Development Strategy has set a target to recycle 15% of solid waste by 2022.
QGBC worked closely with subject-matter experts to develop the programme to ensure quality assurance of solid waste recycling processes. The programme aligns with QGBC’s goal to educate stakeholders and the wider community about best practices to achieve a new low-carbon culture of waste management.
QGBC Director Engineer Meshal Al Shamari said they are proud to be able to further support sustainability processes and green initiatives through Al Tadweer, a programme that will ensure further streamlining of the recycling industry in Qatar.
Recycling is a key element of waste reduction, which is a national priority as the country works to reduce its solid waste generation.
He said that the Recycling Validation Scheme guarantees consumer confidence in the recycled solid waste product being fit for purpose and having the required level of performance.
Recycling Validation Scheme
Al Shamari kicked off the webinar with the official launch of the Al Tadweer programme. QGBC Solid Waste Interest Group Chair, Program Advisor and subject-matter expert Dr Khaled Hassan, provided a brief on the programme and outlined the RVS processes.
The RVS includes reviewing and auditing all the documents prepared, and tasks and activities performed by the organisation to deliver recycled products to meet specific requirements. It also covers the commitment made by the organisation to manage and improve the quality of production. On successful completion of the audit, QGBC will issue the organisation with a certificate showing their compliance with the solid waste RVS.
The Al Tadweer programme comes at a crucial time, as a response to the challenges highlighted by market stakeholders taking part in QGBC’s ongoing programmes and campaigns, like The Green Key, Eco-Schools, Eco-Campus, Qatar Sustainability Week, and No Paper Day.
QGBC will waive the registration fees for the first five validated organisations, thanks to the support of HSBC Qatar. QGBC is a member of Qatar Foundation.
For more information about the Al Tadweer programme, visit qatargbc.org.
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