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Tadweer’s guidelines approved by QCC

ABU DHABI, October 27, 2021

Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre’s (Tadweer) guidelines designed to improve pest control services and municipal solid waste collection and transportation infrastructure in Abu Dhabi has been approved.
 
The Technical Committee of Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (ADQCC) has approved the guidelines developed by Tadweer in collaboration with QCC’s technical working group that comprises members of relevant local and federal entities. These guidelines will ensure the standardisation of specifications in pest control and municipal solid waste collection and transportation sectors across the emirate.
 
The pest control guidelines aim to provide a unified technical reference for controlling public health pests through defining quality standards and standard procedures for pest control services. 
 
Furthermore, it seeks to protect society from disease vectors, disease outbreaks, and the consequences of pesticide misuse, which may lead to poisoning or death.
 
Pest control guidelines also aim to maintain the biodiversity of Abu Dhabi by avoiding exposing non-target organisms to pesticides specially the beneficial insects, as well as by preventing the entry of invading pests via air, sea and land borders. In addition, the guidelines aim to elevate the public awareness and knowledge about public health pests and to set the standard quality requirements, procedures, and specifications for public health pest management operations by which they will improve and organise provided services and enhance control and monitoring systems in both private and governmental sectors.
 
The development of pest control services guidelines involved a working group that comprised Tadweer and 11 other entities including UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, Department of Municipalities and Transport, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Al Ain City Municipality, Al Dhafra Region Municipality, Abu Dhabi Agriculture & Food Safety Authority, Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre, UAE University, Al Khayyat Investment Group and Modon.
 
Dr Salem Al Kaabi, Director General of Tadweer, said: “The development of these guidelines will help us provide a solid legislative and administrative environment for the provision of Tadweer’s services in line with the highest standards. In addition to its various benefits for the community in Abu Dhabi, the guidelines will enable us to achieve the objectives outlined by Tadweer’s strategic plan as well as Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.”
 
He added: “It is a top priority for Tadweer to keep pace with the rapid transformation witnessed by Abu Dhabi across economic, tourism and social sectors. This has resulted in a robust demand for waste sector services, especially amid the Emirate’s urban expansion and growing tourist arrival following its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. At Tadweer, we devote significant efforts to provide sustainable services to community in line with the best international practices.”
 
For his part, Dr Helal Al Kaabi, Director General of QCC, said: “The development of these guidelines comes as part of QCC’s continued efforts to enable standardised services and specifications for its partners in Abu Dhabi in close collaboration with various stakeholders. In doing so, QCC seeks to support the efforts of Abu Dhabi Government to harmonise the standardisation system in the emirate to achieve the objectives of Circular No. (2) of 2016 issued by Abu Dhabi Executive Council in this regard.
 
Al Kaabi added: “To ensure consensus on all technical documents issued by QCC, we formed a Permanent Technical Committee for Abu Dhabi’s Technical Standards comprising all relevant partners from the public and private sectors, in addition to the representatives of the academic sector. This committee actively contributes to the governance of the standards system in the Emirate by presenting its recommendation on the approval of all relevant technical documents, that are developed by subject-matter experts representing relevant entities formed within the council. The committee is also tasked with setting the priorities for standardisation projects and the development of conformity programmes in the emirate in line with the approved plans.”
 
The pest control services guidelines seeks to achieve several benefits such as improving the quality, safety and efficiency of services in line with international standards and best practices, rationalising the use of pesticides to preserve the environment, minimising the chances of pesticide resistance development, and ensuring that pests, especially rodents, do not damage vital infrastructure such as sewage and communications networks and electrical installations in public and private facilities. The guidelines also aim to maintain food safety and protect commercial goods from any damage that may occur as a result of pests’ proliferation in public and private properties.
 
As part of the guidelines for pest control services, 11 technical guidelines are developed to meet the requirements of Abu Dhabi Emirate in pest control services sector including the guidelines of reference standard for service scope and frequency of public health services in highly important entities, integrated mosquitoes management, integrated rodents pests management,  integrated flies management, integrated cockroach management, integrated bed bug management, integrated ant management, integrated termite management, integrated fleas and tick management, integrated dangerous pests management, and responsible use of pesticides.
 
The manual for waste infrastructure services provides guidelines for the collection and transportation of municipal solid waste to eliminate mismatch between the requirements of various entities providing municipal solid waste collection and transportation services. This will allow the relevant entities to elevate the quality of services provided in line with international standards and best practices, while improving the general appearance of waste bins in public places. Furthermore, the manual serves as an important technical reference for promoting the segregation of recyclable materials from the source across the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
 
Covering several aspects of municipal solid waste collection and transportation infrastructure, the manual includes different categories of municipal solid waste producers, the requirements for waste management infrastructure, guidelines for vehicles and service equipment, guidelines and specifications for waste collection bins and boxes, and guidelines for waste collection points near farms, ranches and recycling complexes.
 
As part of this manual, 11 guidelines were developed to support the municipal solid waste collection and transportation infrastructure in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. They include the standard procedures for submission of waste management schemes, the infrastructure requirements and standards for residential sector, the infrastructure requirements and standards for commercial sector, the infrastructure requirements and standards for hotel sector, the infrastructure requirements and standards for educational facilities, the infrastructure requirements and standards for medical facilities, the infrastructure requirements and standards for public assets, the infrastructure requirements and standards for waste collection sites in farms and ranch areas, the infrastructure requirements and standards for civic amenities for recyclable materials, the technical specifications for waste bins and vehicles, and general infrastructure requirements and standards.-- TradeArabia News Service
 
 



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