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Recycling in Qatar: our environment is our future

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Recycling in Qatar: our environment is our future

Looking after our planet and the environment we live in is of utmost importance and should be a priority for all of us, and one of the best ways to protect the environment is to recycle solid waste matter that is recyclable.

Let's talk about recycling in Qatar, and various recycling facilities that are available within the country for your residential or business recycling needs.

What is recycling

According to the ‘The Amazing World of Science’ process of taking useful discarded items for a specific next use. These discarded items are then processed to extract or recover materials and resources or convert them to energy in the form of useable heat, electricity or fuel.”

Waste Hierarchy

The 3Rs of the waste hierarchy to cut waste generation
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The waste hierarchy consists of the three RRRs, which have further been described by the ‘Conserve Energy Future’ ,

The three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle – all help to cut down on the amount of waste we throw away. They conserve natural resources, landfill space and energy. Plus, the three R’s save land and money communities must use to dispose of waste in landfills. Siting a new landfill has become difficult and more expensive due to environmental regulations and public opposition.

Environmental preservation in Qatar

Landfill for waste
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Qatar cares about its environment and is going all out to ensure it protects the environment, especially with the steady incline of its industrial growth, its ever-growing economy that is one of the fastest in the world and the growth of its population. This equates to large amounts of waste matter which may be in the form of industrial and municipal waste, construction and demolition flotsam and jetsam. It would not be wrong to say that, today, Qatar’s yearly solid waste production is more than 2.5 million tons, which equals approximately 7,000 tons a day (now, that’s a lot).

Qatar’s strategy to recycle waste

Recycling bin in Doha
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Recycling is a big focus of Qatar’s agenda to protect the environment and has already identified that better waste management is a necessity. To achieve better waste management, the government of Qatar is trying to decrease the amount of waste that is produced by industries, commercial sites and households and also recycle whatever can be recycled.

Qatar is encouraging organisations to export their recycled items and all manufacturing companies to adopt the use of recycled products and material. It is also running different public awareness campaigns and activities to encourage recycling within the general public and to see recycling as a duty that must be performed, improving collection networks and placing recycling dustbins at strategic locations around the country. Through awareness, locals and expats are learning about the 3Rs and getting together to reduce waste generation and participate in recycling so waste.

Different kinds of waste

Types of waste
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1. Construction and demolition solid waste

According to the Qatar Second National Development Strategy 2018-2022 (NDS-2) which aims to conserve the environment and sustainability, “construction waste can be recycled to make use of them as construction materials, which reduces the cost of imported raw materials, preserves the environment for future generations, and reduces the logistical burdens of import and transportation.”

2. Domestic (or municipal) solid waste

Domestic solid waste is generally made up of organic matter that includes food and kitchen waste, garden trimmings and other garden waste, and inorganic matter that includes paper, metals like drink cans, bones, wood, plastics, glass, fabrics, leather, home dust, etc. In Qatar, domestic solid waste makes up the second largest source of waste after construction waste. Total solid waste (construction, domestic and others) generation increased from eight million tonnes in 2008 to 12 million tonnes in 2013, but then declined to 9.8 million tonnes in 2014 and continued to decrease to 7.7 million tonnes in 2015, reported Qatar Peninsula.

3. Hazardous waste

Although hazardous waste is often associated with bio-medical waste, according to ECO Mena (Alisha Kamran), Qatar's definition of hazardous waste, in accordance with the Basel Convention, includes any type of waste that is harmful to the health of humans or the environment. If waste has characteristics that make it flammable, toxic, corrosive or flammable, it is hazardous waste. Hazardous waste is usually produced in households in small amounts and in commercial and industrial services in larger amounts when transforming raw materials into usable products.

Hazardous waste in Qatar includes wastewater treatment plant, sludge, hydrocarbon filters, incinerator ash, contaminated soils, and chemicals, cytotoxic waste, placenta, histopathology waste, contaminated heap filters, contaminated solid metal instruments, contaminated pillows and blankets, expired medicines and narcotics (expired pharmaceuticals), contaminated medical supplies, used needles, sharps, etc.

4. Electronic waste

electronic waste (e-waste) is made up of electronics and electrical devices or their parts that have been discarded and are no longer in use. This is probably the fastest growing waste and is also very hard to get rid of because, more often than now, they are made up of toxic substances that may include, cadmium, copper, lead, copper, etc.

E-waste includes, but is not limited to washing machines, fridges, food processors, dishwashers and other domestic appliances, computers and their accessories, printers, photocopiers, ink cartridges, mobile phones, etc.

Waste Transfer Facilities in Qatar

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There are five waste transfer stations in Qatar - South Doha, West Doha, Industrial Area, Dukhan and Al Khor - to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the limited space Umm Al-Afai landfill. These transfer stations are fully-equipped and have a material recovery facility that separates recyclables that include glass, paper, aluminium and plastic.

Recycling facilities in Qatar

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1. Mesaieed Integrated Domestic Solid Waste Management Centre

Mesaieed is one of Qatar’s leading industrial areas and is also a major focal point in environmental initiatives thanks to its integrated solid waste management centre that deals with domestic waste and the recycling of products. The plant has been operating since 2011; 95% of the waste they receive is recycled or converted into energy.

2. Al Haya Enviro

Al Haya Enviro is an ISO 14001:2004 certified waste management company in Qatar, providing a comprehensive, innovative range of waste management and recycling services to some of Qatar`s biggest businesses. With Al Haya, you can be sure your waste will be taken care of legally, environmentally and with minimal disruption to your business. Established in 2003 in order to provide comprehensive services in the field of waste management and reutilisation of waste.

Its services include e-waste recycling (computers, phones, computers and accessories, printers, copiers and ink cartridges), hazardous waste recycling, office waste management, used oil recycling, hydrocarbon recovery, waste to compost services, marine services and water treatment chemical distribution in Qatar.


Location: Al Khaleej Street Doha - Qatar
Tel: +974 4443 7496
Fax: +974 44319312
E-mail: [email protected]

3. Al Hodaifi Group (Recycling)

Al Hodaifi Group (Recycling) is the second tyre recycling plant in Qatar and its first industrialised one. Based in Umm Al Afai near Doha, the factory has been set up by Germany’s Amandus-Kahl and is capable of processing 1.6 million tyres of all types every year. The tyres are ground to produce different grades of rubber granules, steel and nylon. The ground tyre material can be used in new tyres, soles for footwear, floor coverings and waterproof materials, as well as in sewage treatment and in irrigation solutions. It can also be mixed with asphalt which improves the lifespan of the road and reduces noise by 50%.


Location (Headquarter): 23rd Floor, Qatar Tower, Majlis Al Taawoun St., Dafna, Doha – Qatar; Recycling Plant: Umm Al Afai, near Doha
Tel: +974 44931989
Fax: +974 44641570
E-mail: [email protected]

4. Averda Qatar

In Qatar, Averda services clients from a wide spectrum of businesses, with a focus on transportation and hospitality as well as the energy sector, offering them innovative services that help them decrease their carbon footprint.

Aveda cleans and collects waste, then, sorts (Averda sorts out 599 tons of waste a day) and recycles its. Then, it composts, incinerates, and landfills it.

Waste collection and recycling services offered:

  • General waste collection
  • Recyclables collection
  • Liquid waste collection
  • Onsite waste management


5. Al Suwaidi Paper Recycling Company and Paper Factory

Al-Suwaidi Paper collects, consumes and processes this recovered paper and is used in our mills to make recyclable products that people depend on each day in domestic and foreign markets.

Al Suwaidi recycling Company and Paper Factory was established in 2001 and is a division of Al Suwaidi Group of Companies. Today, it is one of Qatar’s leading manufacturers of Kraft Paper, Fluting media and Test Liner in Qatar.

Al-Suwaidi Recycling provide paper recycling services to a wide range of businesses, including major retailers, printers, malls with collection and pick up service. Al Suwaidi Paper then collects, consumes and processes this recovered paper which is then converted into recyclable products that people depend on each day in domestic and foreign markets.


Location: New Industrial Area, Street "J", Road no. 12, Doha - Qatar.
Tel: +974 4418 0197

6. Bin-Ovation

Bin-Ovation Limited, the leading waste and recycling education and awareness company in Ireland and the UK, has partnered with Qatar company Global Metals LLC to provide a residential/business recycling collection service in Qatar.

In Qatar, Bin-Ovation provides free collection bins and collects materials to be recycled twice a month from your residence or business. It processes and recycles plastics (water bottles, shampoo bottles, etc.), aluminium (soda cans, foil, etc), metals, (tin cans, old utensils, etc.), paper and cardboard.

Download the app on iOS and android and select Qatar to get more information and guidance on its recycling programme and bin collection.


7. Boom Waste Treatment Company

Boom Waste Treatment Company was established in 2001, and since then has built long-term sustainable relationships with customers through delivering world-class waste management solutions. It is committed to environmental responsibility and assures customers that any waste, both hazardous and non-hazardous, is handled and processed in accordance with the most appropriate environmental guidelines.

Boom offers the following waste management solutions:

1. Bio-medical waste management
Collection, transportation, segregation, storage and incineration of bio-medical waste (cytotoxic waste, placenta, histopathology waste, contaminated heap filters, contaminated solid metal instruments, contaminated pillows and blankets, expired medicines and narcotics [expired pharmaceuticals], confidential records, etc.) from clinics, healthcare facilities and medical laboratories.
2. Industrial waste management
Collection, transportation, segregation, storage and disposal of hazardous waste streams (oily sludge / tank bottom sludge, oily filters, engine filters, oil-contaminated rags, organic residues, process sludge, water solvents, and other incinerable waste.
3. Veterinary waste management
Collection and destruction of veterinary waste from clinics, centres and surrounding communities of Qatar.


8. Elite Paper Recycling

Elite Paper Recycling is an established paper manufacturing Company in Qatar that can recycle all types of paper waste. Since 2014, it has worked towards creating an eco-friendly environment by providing quality service and solution to the corrugated carton industry.

Elite Paper Recycling is building awareness towards the environment while contributing towards the nation’s growing economy by giving gainful learning and employment opportunities to the locals.

Elite Paper Recycling has 1,000+ recycling cages all over Qatar to collect cardboard and paper and collects over 3,000 tons of cardboard and paper from schools and supermarkets every month.

To request pickup of recyclable items (residential / commercial), fill in your details at , whatsapp: +974 7771 7321 or download the Elite Paper Recycling app on Android or iOS.

To find an Elite Recycling Cage near you, visit or download the Elite Paper Recycling app on Android or iOS.


  • Location: No 84, 4th Street, New Industrial Area, Zone 81, Doha - Qatar
  • Tel: +974 4496 5000
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • Website:

9. Erigo Used Cooking Oil Collection Services

Thousands of restaurants, universities, stadiums, food processors and makers and even home chefs along with other businesses across Qatar choose Erigo to collect their used cooking oil. Every drop of used oil that is collected is refined into environmentally friendly biodiesel; nothing goes to the landfill. ISO and ISCC certified Erigo’s clean-burning fuel boasts a much lower carbon footprint than that of petroleum diesel, and it’s both nontoxic and biodegradable. Make your operations even more environmentally friendly – at no cost to you – by recycling your used cooking oil with Erigo. They will even provide you with a cooking oil collection container and work with you to decide on a collection schedule that best meets your needs. Your only job is to fill the container with cooking oil. They’ll take care of the rest.

For more information on how Erigo recycles used oil, watch our video called 'How to recycle used oil in Qatar and save the environment'.


10. Global Metals LLC

Global Metals LLC is a processing and recycling company in Qatar that deals in metals, aluminiums and plastics. You can call Global Metals and ask them for a recycling bin (120L or 240 L) that they will provide you and for QR 50 for the 120L bin or QR 75 for the 240L bin, they will collect the bins twice a month for processing and recycling. They also recommend suitable recycling programmes for clients and provide awareness on recycling and its benefits.


Location: Industrial Area (12.03 mi), Doha - Qatar
Tel: +974 6600 3185 / +974 3331 6990
E-mail: [email protected]

11. Manhal Trading and Contracting Company, WLL (Waste Management Division)

Using modern automated collection vehicles, Manhal provides dependable waste and recycling collection, and answer all your waste management service-related questions. Its services include:

  • Hazardous waste management
  • Drum management
  • Industrial/special waste
  • Industrial recycling
  • Industrial collection
  • Waste collection


12. Power Waste Management & Transport Co. WLL

Power Waste Management, an ISO certified company, has been helping Qataris to reduce, reuse, recycle and safely dispose of waste for more than 15 years.

Its services include:

  • Waste management consultancy
  • Solid waste management
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Liquid waste management


13. Rassas Battery Recycling Factory

Rassas is the first battery recycling factory in Qatar and was established in 2013. It holds multiple international certificates in battery recycling from reputable local and international bodies. Its main purpose is to neutralize acids like sulphuric acid and recycle batteries into lead ingots.


14. Seashore Group of Companies (Seashore Waste Management Division)

The Seashore Waste Management Division is an ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System, Certified Company managed by professionals and experienced workers. It is fully compliant with industrial quality & safety and environmental standards. This operation is a part of Seashore’s total commitment to our environment, avoiding global resource depletion by incorporating innovative and scientific waste management.

Seashore provides a "one-stop-solution" in the waste management sector in Qatar starting from the placement of bins for collection, transportation, segregation, recycling, treatment and the final disposal to secured landfills.


15. Twyla Recycling

Twyla Recycling is an ISO 14001:2015 certified company and offers a host of recycling and recovery solutions under two main company divisions. The Environmental Solutions division mainly caters to water recycling and wastewater recovery solutions including its operations and maintenance. While the Plastic Solutions division focusses on recycling commonly used plastics such as low-density polyethylene (LDPE), high-density polyethylene HDPE, and polypropylene. These kinds of plastics can be found almost anywhere from milk bottles to toys; from cars to loudspeakers, grocery bags and water pipes.

At Twyla Recycling, the plastics are broken down to a very basic form – tiny, almost pebble-like nodules – that can be used to produce various products, such as bags, carpets, etc.


  • Location: Ar Rayyan, Doha - Qatar
  • Tel: +974 7007 3121 / +974 4017 8029 / +974 4017 8014
  • E-mail: [email protected]

16. Walkerson Group

The Walkerson Group is one of the largest waste vegetable oil collectors in the Middle East. Walkerson partners with major worldwide biodiesel plants for sourcing and supplying millions of gallons of exclusive commodity contracts.

Collection and recycling waste vegetable oils and meeting the needs of Biofuel plants are the primary missions of the Walkerson (Green Brokerage for Oil WLL in Qatar) business. Its professional specialties and teams play an essential role: matching waste oil product supply with demand, day in and day out, on a global scale. As a result, we have access to widely diversified sources of supply and substantial resources.


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