Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) has initiated the Al Tadweer-Recycling Validation Scheme (RVS), which gives guidance for the recycling industry in Qatar, under the partnership with HSBC Qatar.
Al Tadweer assures credibility of recycled products from solid waste through a quality audit and certification system. The program includes a validation pathway covering the whole recycling procedure from solid waste collection and haulers to waste, sorting and processing and waste recycling into manufacturing.
Solid waste is one of the major challenges Qatar is confronting which is a result of rapid economic growth and urban development. The country tops in terms of per capita waste generation rates globally with 1.8 kg per day. In light of this, the Qatar Second National Development Strategy (NDS2) has set a target to recycle 15 percent of solid waste by 2022.
For the development of the program, QGBC has worked closely with subject-matter experts to ensure quality assurance of solid waste recycling processes. The program comes in line with QGBC’s goal to educate shareholders and the wider community to achieve a new low-carbon culture of waste management.
“QGBC is proud to be able to further support sustainability processes and green initiatives through Al Tadweer, a program 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. The RVS guarantees consumer confidence in the recycled solid waste product being fit for purpose and having the required level of performance.”
The RVS includes auditing of all the documents prepared, and tasks and activities performed by the organization to deliver recycled products to meet specific requirements. Further, it reviews the commitment made by the company to manage and improve the quality of production. If the auditing is successfully completed then QGBC will issue the organization with a certificate showing their compliance with the solid waste RVS.
The Al Tadweer program is launched at a critical time to address the challenges highlighted by market stakeholders taking part in QGBC’s ongoing programs and campaigns, like The Green Key, Eco-Schools, Eco-Campus, Qatar Sustainability Week, and No Paper Day.