‘Security, environment threat’
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 25: The Environment Public Authority (EPA) affirmed it would dispose off the tires located within South Saad Al-Abdullah City Housing Project site, and hand over the land to the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) within one year, reports Al-Qabas daily. In its report on the integrated system for dealing with waste in Kuwait, the authority said it is considered the largest cemetery for automobile tires in the world.
Located in Arhiya (Sulaibiya) area west of Kuwait City, it has about 57 million old tires. The crisis of a relief zone came after many years of collecting tires in the landfill of Kuwait municipality, without adhering to any sound security standards or procedures, as used tires collected and thrown created random heaps in the form of hills in the landfill, indicating the large number of tires in one location caused security and environmental problems, as the landfill caught fire more than once, spreading fumes and gases to the residential areas, which seriously affected the air quality in the areas near the landfill.
The authority stated that an implementation plan was prepared in which a number of parties participated, based on the directives of the Council of Ministers, aimed at getting rid of the amount of tires dumped in the current Arhiya site located within the lands of the South Saad Al-Abdullah Housing Project. It stated the implementation of the plan started by cutting and turning the tires into materials and storing them in containers by factories approved by the Public Authority for Industry prior to using them in new industries inside and outside Kuwait.
The Environment Public Authority indicated it had formally received the site of used tires from the Public Authority for Industry, in accordance with Cabinet’s decision regarding the transfer of responsibility to complete the disposal of tires.
The Authority, in cooperation with the Municipality, Industry Authority and the Public Authority for Housing Welfare will resolve the landfill problem in a short period and deliver it to the Public Authority for Housing Welfare.
It reiterated the authority will hand over the site to the Public Authority for Housing Welfare within a year, during which the tires will be transferred to factories for recycling or Kuwait Cement Company to convert them into energy, confirming its ability to deal with the remaining number of tires by developing the best studies and plans.