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Posted On: 15 March 2012 12:09 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:11 pm

Major push for green building movement

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The Ministry of Environment has embarked on a project to manage the massive construction and industrial waste in the coumtry and set up a recycling plant on a major scale, a senior official said yesterday. As a prelude to this project, the Ministry will soon issue standards and specifications for used and recycled material. Qatar has one of the highest waste generation in the world, with about 20,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste generated in the country every day. Disposal of such huge amount of waste has posed major environmental challenges. “Some 40 to 50 per cent of the solid waste generated in the country can be effectively recycled and reused. To provide a legal basis for management of waste, we are working on setting standards and specifications for used and recycled material. The standards are expected to be issued in a month,” Dr Mohammed Saif Al Kuwari, Assistant Undersecretary for Laboratories and Standards Affairs at the Ministry said. He was talking to the media on the sidelines of the GSTP Tech Talks at the Qatar Science and Technology Park yesterday. Al Kuwari was a panelist at an interactive discussion on “emerging solution to achieve sustainability in the built environment.” He said the new standards would apply to all types of waste such as plastic, steel, glass and textiles. They will also regulate the use of recycled material in building projects.The Peninsula The peninsula