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Towards zero waste

Posted by Jameela Mohanna on November 20, 2011 at 7:20 AM

1st Bahrain waste managment forum and exhibition

November 14-15 2011 Gulf Hotel Bahrain.

I caught the last day of the forum at the event and was given a few home truths but about that later.

Mr Rehan Ahmed from the NCWP spoke about the hazardous waste area.  Can you imagine that companies pay a paltry amount (40BD M3) for the disposal of hazardous waste.

Why a small amount? Because companies will use the facility instead of dumping it illegally. Makes sense but on the other hand the laughable amount asked for this legal disposal does not really make them think about what they dispose of or make a dent in their bankaccounts.

I would love to see an increase in price and use the money for education of youngsters abo

ut the environmental impact of our throw away society.

From Gothenburg Sweden came the manager of a unique recycling project. Kretsloppsarken.

This project is a big success with the citizen of Gotherburg with full and free support of the local media.

People can bring any item they don’t need to the Kretsloppsarken; furniture, clothes, household stuff, white goods, construction materials, old bycicles (from every three old bikes a new one will come out from the repairshop), wood, etc… all gets repaired, reused or recycled and put in the market again.

I would love to see a similar project set up in Bahrain, however if it could be success would be seen.

Many still drop the waste next to instead of in the bins because we have cheap foreign laborers cleaning up after them.

I would love to see this: if you get caught littering you have to clean the streets for a week.

To come back to the Home truths:

Since the removal of Boris Uhlig by the board of Recycling for charity I have seen and heard that all is not well at all.

A lady living in Awali reported to me just yesterday that she saw a GARBAGE truck put the content of all three recycling containers in the SAME truck.

This means that everybody that is making an effort to separate their waste and deposit in the allocated bins are lead by the nose.

And many more signs are to prove this:

Overflowing and dirty bins

no news or campaigns to encourage  recycling in the Kingdom of Bahrain

It is nice to hold and pay for the forum when no real efforts are made to solve the domestic waste problems and not enforcing housholds to seperate and recycle their waste sponsord by the municipality.

What happen to the 2009 litter free Bahrain campaign?

The Love Bahrain Litter Free campaign was launched in February 2099 by Gulf City Cleaning Company (GCCC), Sphinx Cleaning Company (SCC), AMA International and MICE Management.

The main aim was to educate and promote a litter-free environment.

What happened to the sameer and Azooz campaign in 2010?

Bahrains first animated awareness ad written and created in Bahrain by BMedia in correlation with local comedian Ali Fingerz

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Big bang all and then quietness


Practice what you preach dear people

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Reply fareeba amiri
4:22 AM on March 26, 2012 
Is there any place in bahrain that collects hazardous waste? I have a blackberry that is bulging and looks like it could explode, this contains lithium and if not handled properly or tampered with, could lead to fire and chemical burns. Where is everyone disposing these? Thank you