Dubai Municipality intends to release a study and action plan by mid-June on how waste in the emirate is disposed.

According to Rashed Karkain, head of technical support and studies section in Dubai Municipality’s Waste Management Department, the report will look at how the emirate controls the amount of waste it produces, and it is transported and how it is disposed.

The action plan will also look at recycling and the seperation of different types of waste. Dubai has already moved forward with plans to develop its first waste-to-energy plant which has also been integrated into the waste master plan.

Dubai Municipality has prequalified a total of 14 companies to build this project and a request for proposals has been prepared and will be issued within the next few weeks.

Once the bids are submitted, they will be assessed against a complex matrix that allows for bids that include only the waste incineration aspect of the project as well as bids that outline proposals for the collection and incineration of the waste.

The UAE has one of the highest waste generation rates in the world, averaging two kilogrammes a person a day.

The emirate of Dubai produces 11,000 tonnes of domestic waste each day, the majority of which is currently dumped in landfill. In 2003 it produced just 4,000 tonnes a day.