Posted by Bob Brunskill
Authorities in Abu Dhabi have praised a new hi-tech waste management system at Yas Island - the site of this weekend's Formula 1 Grand Prix.
The system, installed and operated by Aldar, consists of underground pipes that use automated vacuum technology to whisk away litter at up to 75km/h to a central collection point.
Consisting of 43 inlet points and capable of handling nearly 40 tonnes of waste every day, the system services the whole of Yas Island, a major new leisure and entertainment destination which includes the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix circuit, the Ferrari World theme park, seven hotels and the marina.
Upon arrival at the central collection point, the waste is then compressed and removed to a waste facility run by the Centre of Waste Management - Abu Dhabi, where it is further sorted for recycling or for disposal in landfill.
"Compared to the dirt and noise created by waste trucks slowly making their way along their routes, this system, the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi, provides a solution that saves up to 90 per cent of truck journey times, greatly reducing CO2 emissions and making the local environment a healthier and more pleasant place to be," said Aldar.