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Developing Abu Dhabi's solid waste sustainability index (ADSWMI)

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posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by Huda Khaleefa Alsalmi, Simone Leao, Hisham Elkadi
Fast urbanization and population and economic growth led to increased solid waste generation in Abu Dhabi in the last decades. Abu Dhabi generates 5.8 kg of municipal waste per day per person. This is well above the world average of 1.2 kg per day per person. Treatment and destination of the municipal solid waste is also problematic. Only 3.5% of the total municipal solid waste generation is recycled, and the remaining waste is disposed in landfills which are technically not adequate. In this context, sustainability indicators can play an important role in supporting decision makers in planning and managing the solid waste system. In this study, the waste management system in Abu Dhabi Emirate was analyzed through the implementation of a set of proposed sustainability indicators. The DSR Driving force-State-Response approach was used as the methodology to develop a framework for the context of Abu Dhabi. Twenty indicators, based on literature review and benchmarking, were divided into five categories: quantity & composition, environmental controls & resource management, construction & demolition waste, financial sustainability, and governances & policies. These indictors can be a baseline to assist decision makers to develop an integrated waste management system able to meet the high international standards and target in the field.



Advancing the Green Agenda Technology, Practices and Policies. Conference (2013 : Dubai, United Arab Emirates)


British University in Dhubai


Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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2013, British University in Dhubai

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SB 13 : Proceedings of Conference Dubai - Advancing the Green Agenda Technology, Practices and Policies

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