The collection of sacrificial waste during Eid al Adha is one of the most important steps in keeping the countryside clean and infection free. Averda, the waste management company involved in collection of waste over large parts of the country, collected 1,455 tonnes of sacrificial waste across 3,700 locations in the three days over the initial Eid weekend.
Working under the supervision of Oman Environmental Service Holding Company (be’ah), Averda, which is involved in waste collection and landfilling services, apart from operating of healthcare waste treatment facilities in the country, stepped up its operations over the Eid period, collecting over 16,400 tonnes of sacrificial waste over the three days of celebrations to provide cleaner living conditions across a number of the areas in which it operates in Oman and Morocco.
The waste consists mostly of animal remains which can create a serious burden on the municipal system, not to mention health risks if it is not collected in a timely manner.
‘In Oman alone, Averda collected 1,455 tonnes of sacrificial waste across 3700 locations in the three days over the initial Eid weekend. While in Morocco, Averda had 2,380 employees working across the Eid weekend who collected and emptied 9,300 bins, collecting over 15,000 tonnes of waste,’ the company stated.
Aside from the collection of waste, Averda also washes containers and their locations immediately after the waste is removed in order to ensure the highest hygiene standards. This includes shaving, chlorinating and disinfecting all the relay points.
Malek Sukkar, CEO of Averda, said, “Eid al Adha is an important time of year – yet it also creates a serious challenge for some municipalities during the celebratory period. The amount of sacrificial waste in these areas increases exponentially year on year and can put real pressure on the municipal system.
Averda has the resource and the skillset to remove and manage this particular type of waste safely, protecting hygiene standards and keeping the local population from having to be around decomposing animal innards for a sustained period of time. We have found that people are sometimes not sure what to do with the sacrificial waste and subsequently dump it haphazardly. We believe that there should be more information given around the period to highlight how this waste can be responsibly disposed of.”