The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is having one of the richest oil fields in the world making it among the fastest growing nations around the globe . But there are many harmful side-effects of this development in terms of non-biodigradable waste produced in the country. There are two major contributors to the increasing non-biodegradable waste problem faced by the nation.
The first problem arises due to the remains produced during the oil drilling process. During the oil drillling, various harmful drilling waste is produced. It is estimated that for every two feet of oil drilling, approximately a barrel of drill waste containing fluids and solids are being produced which are not enviroment friendly.
The second major contributor to the increasing waste in The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is the use of plastic bags and bottles. It is estimated that an average person consumes 450 plastic bottles every year. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is considered to be the fourth highest consumer of bottled water. Apart from the plastic bottles, platsic bags is contributing majorly to this growing enviromental pollution. According to UAE’s Ministry of Enviroment and Water, 11 billion plastic bags are being used in the nation every year.
These two have become the major waste contributors to the raising issue of waste management in the country. Millions of tonnes of waste is produced in The Emirate of Abu Dhabi every year. Most of it end up in landfills and dump sites where biodegradable waste gives rise to harmful and powerful greenhouse gases such as methane. The green house gas is harmful for the environment as well as for the people. In order to minimise the impact of waste, to protect the environment, and to save the future generation, several waste management projects are introduced in Abu Dhabi every year.