Save Kuwait from Solid Waste

Target: Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s Director General of the Environment Public Authority

Goal: In light of Kuwait’s solid waste problem, pressure its government to make recycling and waste diversion primary options in its waste management sector.

Per person, the Middle Eastern country of Kuwait may generate more municipal solid waste than any other. In late 2016, it was reported that Kuwait, which is home to some 4 million people, generated 5.72 kilograms of waste per person, and continues to generate 2 million tons of solid waste a year.

The trash doesn’t stay in the trash can of course: It makes its way into the earth and water around it, posing environmental hazards. This dilemma owes itself in part to the fact that Kuwait lacks proper landfills and waste diversion services. In 2016, EcoMENA reported that, “Groundwater contamination has emerged as a serious problem because groundwater occurs at shallow depths throughout the country,” and that many of Kuwait’s landfill sites “have been closed for more than 20 years due to operational problems and proximity to new residential, commercial and industrial areas.”

Kuwait is a tiny nation, but nearly 18 square miles of land in the country consists of landfills, many of which are close to residential areas. This undoubtedly has negative implications for the health of hundreds of thousands of people who live in proximity to these dump sites.

Kuwait is also known for being home to the largest tire dump in the world, located near the capital of Kuwait City, in Sulaibiya. This “tire graveyard” is so large that it is visible from space, and poses frequent fire risks.

Kuwait can and should do more to improve its recycling and waste diversion programs.


Dear Director General Al-Sabah,

Please pressure your government to improve Kuwait’s recycling and waste diversion programs.

Kuwaitis generate more solid waste per person than almost any other nationality in the world. This, coupled with ineffective landfills and a serious lack of recycling have caused trash to pile up around the country, often near residential areas, where it harms public health.

As a small but wealthy nation, Kuwait can and should do more to improve its waste diversion and recycling programs.


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One Comment

  1. Kuwait has a responsibility to it’s own citizens and to the rest of the world to clean up it’s waste. It should have no problem cleaning up it’s waste as it is rolling in oil money.

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