UN-Habitat Tehran celebrated World Habitat Day 2018 with the theme "Urban Solid Waste Management", in collaboration with Environment Management and Sustainable Development Center, Waste Management Organization, Tehran Research and Planning Center, Communication and International Affairs Center Tehran Municipality, as well as Urban Regeneration Company of Iran.
Mr. Hoshang Ashayeri, Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development and Managing Director of Urban Regeneration Company of Iran, Mr. Reza Abdoli, Managing Director of Tehran Municipality Solid Waste Management Organization, and Mr. Siamak Moghaddam, Chief of UN-Habitat Tehran Office spoke at the opening ceremony and Mr. Sadra Alipour, Head of Environment Management and Sustainable Development Center gave the welcome speech.
Explaining the challenges of waste management in the new and old neighborhoods of Tehran, Mr Ashayeri emphasized the need for integrated urban management with waste management institutions, urban regeneration actors and citizens' to achieve sustainable cities. He also highlighted the role of waste management in creating employment for low income groups, and emphasized the role of people's participation in urban regeneration, especially in creating, maintaining and exploiting open spaces in green urban environments.
Mr. Reza Abdoli, referred to the daily production of about 9,000 tons of waste in Tehran Metropolis. He added that nearly 30 percent of this figure is composed of solid waste. Currently waste sorting is carried out both at the origin and destination at Aradkouh Processing and Disposal Complex, where Solid waste is sorted for recycling and reuse.
He added: "Non-solid waste is used to produce compost, while rejected residues are used in incinerator powerplants. " There are also preliminary studies conducted for construction of a second waste incineration system in Tehran; and we are working to make this project operational in the near future”.
Mr. Siamak Moghaddam presented the World Habitat Day explaning the global increase and the accompanied risks and challenges in municipal solid waste management. He spoke on the key messages of Habitat to local authorities and civil society, and introduced some best practices on solid urban waste management in other countries.
During this ceremony a specialized panel discussion was held with participation presentation of Mr. Mohammad Ali Abdoli, Faculty Member of the University of Tehran, Ms. Mahdieh Pourshad, Director of the Human and Sustainable Environment Association and Mr. Reza Naghavi of the Waste Management Organization of Tehran Municipality.
This ceremony was also attended by the Representatives of the UNICEF, WFP, FAO and UNAIDS in Iran, Mayors of 22 districts of Tehran Metroplois, and cities of Noor, Mahmoudabad and Ramsar. Environmental specialists and managers, Waste departments managers and other related professionals and specialists also attended this ceremony.