Waste Collection Sucks at $5.5 Billion Qatar Development

Envac, has been selected as the waste management partner for the Msheireb Downtown project - a 31 hectare mixed use urban regeneration project in Doha, Qatar.

20 September 2011
Stockholm, Sweden based underground vacuum waste management system specialist, Envac, has been selected as the waste management partner for the Msheireb Downtown project - a 31 hectare mixed use urban regeneration project in Doha, Qatar.
According to the company it will manage the waste for almost 100 residential, commercial, retail, educational, and religious buildings and their public spaces. 

Three vertical chutes for organic waste, dry waste and mixed recyclables will be installed in every residential building, with three waste inlets located on each floor. Each is designed to handle organic waste, 'dry' mixed recyclables such as paper, glass, plastic, metal etc, and residual waste such as wet paper, clothes, and other refuse.
Similar to Quintain Estates & Development plc's Wembley City development which also employed Envac's vacuum waste system, once waste is in the pipe network it will be sucked at speeds of up to 70 kph over distances as long as 2 km to a central waste station.

The company says that diverting valves will ensure that each waste stream does not mix, and is channelled into its correct container to be collected by the development's waste management partner.

According to Envac, the use of its technology will help Msheireb Properties achieve its goal of securing a Gold rating with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the USA-based green building rating system.
In addition, the development's mosques and a number of residential buildings throughout the project will also achieve certification under the Qatar Sustainability Assessment System. The project also supports Qatar's Vision 2030 initiative, which aims to transform Qatar into a sustainable country through human, social, environmental and economic development.

Graham Bell, Envac Middle East's regional president and managing director explains that the Middle East is becoming a hotspot for UK architects looking to leave a lasting design legacy that ticks many sustainability boxes.

"The region's buoyancy compared with Europe means that cutting edge projects continue to be designed and built. Technologies such as Envac are becoming increasingly popular for their ability to increase a development's sustainability credentials and help ensure that the region is clean, attractive and accessible," says Bell.


However, Mohammed Al-Marri, projects director for Msheireb Properties explains that while remarkable, the Gulf's growth story has also affected the environment to a degree, which is why offsetting the impact of any development is vital.

"With this system from Envac, combined with an education campaign for all residents, we can ensure Msheireb Downtown is at the forefront of the world's 'Green cities' movement," he adds.
"Education is critical to getting the most out of this system. Recycling, however, still isn't necessarily upper-most in people's minds," Al-Marri concludes.
The project has been designed by Allies & Morrison, John McAslan + Partners, Adjaye Associates and Mossessian and Partners, and is expected to be completed in 2016 following an investment in excess of QR20 billion ($5.5 billion).

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