Waste Management in Oman.
Oman Environmental Services Holding Company – be’ah, is ISWA’s National Member in Oman. This year on 13-17 March, they will be hosting The International Sustainability Resources & Technology Conference (ISRTC)in Muscat. In a blog written for ISWA’s magazine (WMW), we give Be’ah the opportunity to introduce the waste management situation in Oman.
In 2006, a National Strategy Report laid down a cohesive plan to address waste management in the Sultanate of Oman, which depended largely on random traditional dumpsites and lacked the minimum environmental requirements for safe waste disposal. The Draft Strategy Report led to the establishment of the Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (be’ah) in 2007. The Royal Decree No. (46/2009) granted be’ah the legal status and mandate to undertake the solid waste management in the Sultanate of Oman. Subsequently, be’ah’s budget was approved by the Ministry of Finance in 2012 to bring the goals to fruition.
be’ah strives towards a vision:
“To Conserve the Environment of our Beautiful Oman for our Future Generations”
To achieve this vision, be’ah strives towards the following mission:
“Together we develop the Waste Management sector in Oman by providing safe, efficient and most economically and environmentally sustainable services in innovative ways, thereby contributing to the overall economy”
In 2009, a Royal Decree (46/2009) granted the Oman Environmental Services Holding Company S.A.O.C (be’ah) the mandate and status as the entity responsible for solid waste management in Oman. Operating under the Oman Investment Authority (OIA), be’ah is in charge of managing municipal, industrial and healthcare waste in the country, providing waste management services from collection to disposal to both private and public sectors.
Headquartered in Muscat, be’ah has its operations network spread across all 11 governorates of Oman with an expanding infrastructure to meet future needs and address the aim of a sustainable future through research and adherence to international best practices.
Today, be’ah operates numerous state-of-the-art waste management sites including 10 engineered landfills and 16 transfer stations.
be’ah is committed to its long-term strategic goals , the 4 goals are :
- Improve quality of life
- Sustainable communities
- Develop the waste management sector
- Support Oman’s economy
be’ah’s strategic direction has been addressed in the early stages of be’ah’s implementation plan where long term strategies had been identified to achieve be’ah’s long term goals.
Within its development, be’ah has divided its strategic direction timeline into 3 main phases. In which:
- Phase I (2012-2015) focused on infrastructure establishment,
- Phase II (2016-2020) focused on the commencement of operations, and finally,
- Phase III (2021-2025) focusing on be’ah excellence and waste diversion.
be’ah promises best services through efficient operations and by staying connected with all stakeholder groups on multiple levels, thus using every opportunity stemming from its waste management operations to partner with all groups of society. be’ah has initiated and worked on various collaborative efforts with stakeholders in academia, the local market through SMEs, as well as international partners that have vast experience in research and innovation. In addition, be’ah aims to fulfil this commitment while ensuring that it is done in a sustainable manner and with the ultimate aim of achieving a circular economy business model.
be’ah carries a massive responsibility of maintaining Oman as a pristine country. Further, this responsibility includes building towards a sustainable future with a healthier environment, resilient community and a prospering economy that is powered through waste recovery.