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Environment Agency Abu Dhabi Broadens Services to Include Waste Licensing and Inspection Management

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The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) has recently made a significant announcement regarding the expansion of its licensing services. Specifically, the agency revealed that the responsibility for managing licensing services related to waste management, previously under the purview of the Tadweer Group (Abu Dhabi Waste Management Company), has been transferred to EAD. This transition encompasses various critical functions, including licensing and permitting services, as well as the tracking and monitoring of registered waste vehicles, implementation of tariff systems, and the Sector Regulatory Authority (SRA) role for the waste sector. Moreover, it involves inspection and compliance activities targeting waste traders, transporters, collectors, and other relevant entities.

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This strategic move aligns with the evolving landscape of responsibilities and authorities following the Tadweer Group's revised mandate. Faisal Ali Al Hammadi, Executive Director of the Environmental Quality Sector at EAD, emphasized the agency's unwavering commitment to ensuring a healthy, clean, and safe environment for all residents. He underscored EAD's role as the competent authority for regulating the waste sector in Abu Dhabi and expressed the agency's dedication to enhancing waste management practices through the development of regulatory instruments and frameworks. Additionally, Al Hammadi highlighted EAD's commitment to enforcing laws and regulations effectively, thereby fostering compliance within the waste sector.

As part of its expanded role, EAD will now be responsible for issuing licenses and permits for various waste management operations, including transportation, trade, and treatment activities. Furthermore, the agency will oversee the issuance of permits for waste export operations outside the emirate and small-scale construction projects. Acting as the Sector Regulatory Authority for the waste sector, EAD will ensure compliance with occupational safety and health management systems.

Importantly, the transition of services from Tadweer Group to EAD has been executed seamlessly, with minimal disruption to customers and environmental service providers in Abu Dhabi. This process is facilitated through user-friendly interfaces accessible via government digital service platforms such as TAMM and Meps. Al Hammadi reaffirmed EAD's commitment to collaborating closely with strategic partners to promote best practices in the waste management sector while prioritizing customer satisfaction.

Moving forward, EAD will issue licenses for Environmental Service Providers (ESPs) engaged in waste collection, transportation, trading, and treatment activities. Additionally, the agency will manage permit categories such as waste export outside the emirate and construction and demolition notifications. EAD will also undertake inspection and enforcement tasks, overseeing waste transportation activities, monitoring waste routes, and tracking the movement of waste both within and outside Abu Dhabi. Furthermore, the agency will handle customer inquiries and complaints related to waste licensing, ensuring a high standard of customer service.

Meanwhile, operational activities related to waste management, such as permitting for landfill access and food disposal, will continue to be managed by the Tadweer Group. Additionally, Tadweer Group will retain responsibility for handling Notices of Intent (NOIs) for large development projects.

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