Waste Management Plan for the Emirate of Kuwait

Starting up the sorting station in Kuwait

Press Release / November 05, 2018

Fraunhofer UMSICHT is investigating the quantities, compositions and recycling routes of waste in Kuwait as part of a major project for the state of Kuwait. In October, the German scientists and the on-site team in Kuwait, started up a sorting station for household and household-like waste at the decommissioned Jleeb landfill.

In Jleeb, waste from Kuwait households and various commercial sectors will be sorted and sampled over the next few months to obtain accurate information about its composition and chemical properties.

The data obtained will then be used to identify the appropriate strategy for future waste management. This involves, among other things, the material valune and pollutant contents as well as the cumbustion properties of the waste. The waste is divided into three grain size ranges by screening and into more than 50 different fractions by manual sorting. In order to ensure a high scientific standard, the sorting personnel is comprehensively trained. 

Analysis of household-like waste

Over the next few months an analysis will be carried out on Jleeb which will be representative for the whole Kuwaiti settlement structure.During this process, the project staff will accompany the local waste disposal companies during waste collection and select the necessary samples. These waste samples are then mixed, sifted, sorted and prepared for laboratory analysis. In this way, the team processes up to one ton of waste per day. The results of the analysis are incorporated into the overall strategy for an environmentally friendly waste management in Kuwait.

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Ready sorting station with containers for more than 50 sorting fractions.
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Loading the sorting table and discussing the categorization of the waste.
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Laboratory samples are taken for further analysis.

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