The Director-General of the Environment Public Authority, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ahmad, stressed on the continuation of work in coordination with the relevant government agencies to reduce the percentage of pollutants that are dumped in the Kuwait Bay.
Al-Ahmad said in a press statement yesterday on the sidelines of the ‘Its Role is Right’ event that steps are being taken to confront the pollutants resulting from rainwater sewers, which flow into the Kuwait Bay, adding that the idea of installing a water treatment plant inside each sewer before it reaches the sea is still valid. This is a project that the EPA aspires to implement, said a local Arabic daily.
He added, the project of these treatment plants is still on the table awaiting the required budget from the Ministry of Finance. He said the Ministry of Works is currently working to reduce the percentage of pollutants that are dumped into rainwater sewers, and the EPA is also doing its part in following up on illegal connections linked the sewers in order to reduce the percentage of waste and pollutants in the Kuwait Bay.
Regarding the new licenses for recycling plants, Al-Ahmad said, “We are working according to the possibilities available to recycle waste in Salmi and other areas. There are more than 15 licenses for recycling factories in the country including 8 in Salmi.”
He went on to say, “There are different areas in Salmi for recycling through which plastic, glass, paper and any other waste will be recycled according to environmental law and the strategy set by the authority in dealing with waste.”
The Director-General of the Environment Public Authority drew the attention to the importance of continuing awareness campaigns to raise environmental awareness in the community, noting that “when developing this idea, the amount of landfills in Kuwait will be reduced and contribute to increasing the economic viability of factories,” noting that the ultimate goal is to stop landfills in Kuwait and not to increase it, by recycling all waste.
He went on to say, “We focused on plastic, as it is one of the most harmful wastes in the environment, in addition to being one of the easiest wastes that can be recycled.”