DSO, DSO, Dubai Municipality, be’ah Oman, RAK Waste Management Agency, MEPCO, Al Qaryan Group, Bee’ah, Enviroserve, Dulsco, ReTeck Recycling Technology and Union Paper Mills among the winners
Waste & Recycling Middle East and Africa (WRMEA) magazine announced the winners of the 2nd cycle of the exclusive Middle East Waste & Recycling Awards (MEWAR Awards) on Thursday, 21st November, at a Gala Dinner and Ceremony held at The Ritz- Carlton JBR, Dubai, UAE. MEWAR Awards – the only dedicated initiative of its kind in the region – honoured the best performers across 16 categories and a total of 31 awards and certificates of recognition were presented at a well-attended function.
MEWAR Awards is a celebration of success in adopting best practices in the waste recycling industry. The awards acknowledge excellence in business best practices and recognise outstanding individuals and organisations that have demonstrated leadership and innovation and are playing an important role in contributing to the vision of various Governments in the region for a sustainable future. The awards provide a benchmark for performance, industry recognition and professional credibility, all of which will act as drivers for sustainable growth in the region. The entries were evaluated by a grand jury panel of eminent international professionals from the waste recycling industry.
We are pleased to say there has been a 25 percent increase in nominations in the second cycle of MEWAR Awards. Speaking about the growth in nominations and participation this year, the Managing Director at Media Fusion, Taher Patrawala commented: “We are delighted to see enthusiasm in the sector. Companies across the Middle East involved in waste management and recycling were keen to showcase their latest solutions and achievements and gain industry recognition. We are progressing towards the attainment of our objective of raising the industry standards.”
The awards ceremony was a grand success with 250 industry professionals attending the event. The evening started with an interesting networking session with live music, followed by the glittering awards function that also had some sparkling entertainment that was appreciated by the audience. Delivering the welcome address, Swaliha Shanavas, Editor, Waste & Recycling Middle East and Africa said, “The comments and feedback we received after the Inaugural awards last year were phenomenal. I am pleased to say we have seen a 25 percent increase in nominations in the second cycle, and not only have we received over 150 entries from various parts of the Middle East including the UAE, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Egypt, but it is very encouraging to see some major international corporations and many Government entities, including various municipalities, showcasing their efforts towards sustainable development.”
“We continue to believe that it is critical to have the very best panel of judges in order to be recognised as the most prestigious awards, and we are honoured to have a Grand Jury Panel of prominent and respected professionals from the industry. The judging process itself has been designed in such a manner that the results would be fair and balanced. And to ensure this, KEO International Consultants, an organisation that specialises in Environmental Services, among others, continues to be our Consulting Partner,” she noted.
This year, MEWAR Awards introduced a new initiative to recognise one key personality who has had a positive influence on the sector’s progress in the region. And H.E. Dr. Salem Khalfan Al Kaabi, General Manager, Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer) was recognised for his commitment and invaluable contribution to the development of the waste management sector in Abu Dhabi. Under his guidance, the Centre continues to score great achievements that contribute to attaining its strategy of building an integrated waste management system in Abu Dhabi, also supporting the Government’s environmental Vision.
The token of appreciation was presented to H.E. Dr. Salem Al Kaabi by Tighe Noonan, President, Dulevo International and John Colley, Chairman, Intercare. Dulevo was also the Gold Sponsor for the event. Senior representatives from UAE Ministry of Climate Change & Environment attended the awards ceremony including H.E. Eng. Saif Al Shara, Assistant Undersecretary, Sustainable Communities Sector, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment UAE (MOCCAE); Eng. Rabaa Al Awar, Head of Waste Management, MOCCAE, Mrs. Sara Ali, Environmental Researcher, MOCCAE, among others.
MEWAR Awards also recognised the ongoing efforts in the UAE, the measures taken, and the progress being made in the environmental sector, as well as the leadership and significant contribution of His Excellency Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, in his role as the Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE. The token of recognition was presented to the ministry representatives by Dr. Salem Al Kaabi. A very interesting photo competition was introduced this year, where delegates had to pose for pictures at the photo wall and tag Waste & Recycling Middle East and Africa on social media. The two winners were Daxita Rajcoomar at du and Matteo Boffa from Etuix.
Dubai Municipality, Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), be’ah Oman and waste management company Bee’ah scooped up 2 awards each at the event. Dubai Municipality won the “Best Municipal Waste Diversion Programme” trophy, while Bee’ah won the “Waste Management Company of the Year” award.
Dubai Municipality also beat off competition to win the “Best Public Awareness Campaign” award as well, with the judges lauding the entity for continuously creating ways to bring about awareness among the public on different waste streams. Their submission clearly demonstrates the multiple campaigns being implemented, frequency of implementation, as well as providing the views of the public regarding their campaigns.
Waste management company Dulsco won the coveted “Environmental/CSR Initiative of the Year” Award for its initiatives, which was appreciated by the jury. Six Senses Zighy Bay and DSO were runners up in this category.
Middle East Paper Company (MEPCO), Saudi Arabia, walked away with the “Paper Recycling Company of the Year” Award for the second year in a row. Al Qaryan Group won the “Metals Recycling Company of the Year” trophy for the second time as well.
Ras Al Khaimah Waste Management Agency made an impact as the Executive Director Eng. Sonia Nasser won the “Personality of the Year (Waste Management)”, while Eng. Sami Safran, CEO, MEPCO was declared “Personality of the Year (Recycling)”.
Both the winner and runner up for the “Food Waste Initiative of the Year” Award were from Lebanon. Active Advocacy for Communities of Tomorrow (ACT) and Douda Vermiculture Solutions were named winner and runner up, respectively.
This year too, Enviroserve walked away with the “Electrical & Electronic Equipment Recycling Company of the Year – WEEE Processor” trophy. Be’ah, Oman won the “Medical Waste Management Best Practice” Award.
Winnow Solutions won the “Technology Innovation of the Year” Award for its innovative technology that helps significantly reduce food waste in the hospitality sector, thereby saving companies a lot of money and helping reduce waste significantly. Overall, 31 awards and certificates of recognition were presented across 16 categories. The second cycle of the awards received nominations from many Middle Eastern countries and across various sectors including waste management, recycling, healthcare and hospitality, among others.
For further information on MEWAR Awards second edition and to view the photos from the Gala Dinner & Ceremony, visit www.mewarawards.com
Below is a full list of winners:
Waste Management Company of the Year
- Winner – Bee’ah
- Runner Up – Imdaad
Personality of the Year – Waste Management)
- Sonia Nasser, Ras Al Khaimah Waste Management Agency
Personality of the Year – Recycling
- Sami Safran, MEPCO
Technology Innovation of the Year
- Winner – Winnow Solutions
- Runner Up – Ecostar srl
Best Municipal Waste Diversion Programme
- Winner – Dubai Municipality
- Runner Up – Bee’ah
Environmental/CSR Initiative of the Year
- Winner – Dulsco
- 1st Runner up – Six Senses Zighy Bay
- 2nd Runner Up – Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSO)
Best Public Awareness Campaign/Programme
- Winner – Dubai Municipality
- 1st Runner Up – Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSO)
- 2nd Runner Up – be’ah, Oman
Food Waste Initiative of the Year Award
- Winner – ACT – Active Advocacy for Communities of Tomorrow
- Runner Up – Douda Vermiculture Solutions
Medical Waste Management Best Practice Award
- Winner – be’ah, Oman
- Runner Up – Cleanco
Paper Recycling Company of the Year
- Winner – Middle East Paper Company
- Runner Up – Union Paper Mills
Metals Recycling Company of the Year
- Winner – Al Qaryan Group
- Runner Up – Aboura Metals
Metal Scrap Trader of the Year
- Winner – Sahim Haji Amin, Ala Metals
- Runner Up – Salam Sharif, Sharif Metals
Electrical & Electronic Equipment Recycling Company of the Year (OEM)
- Winner – HP Computing and Printing Middle East FZ-LLC
- Runner Up – Canon Middle East
Electrical & Electronic Equipment Recycling Company of the Year (WEEE Processor)
- Winner – Enviroserve
- Runner Up – ReTech Recycling Technology
Plastics Recycling Company of the Year Award
- Winner – BariQ for Techno and Advanced Industries
- 1st Runner Up – Emirates Fiber Industries
- 2nd Runner Up – Metalplast Industries