The sus in sustainability in Kuwait

The sus in sustainability in Kuwait

The sus in sustainability in Kuwait


Dear Readers, 


Today I choose not to be a negative Nancy and sit here and complain about where Kuwait is going wrong in terms of sustainability, I choose to look at the bright side. Kuwait is a country that has the resources to support technological innovation, promote awareness, education enabling it to transition to create more sustainable, clean and efficient systems, at a local, national and regional level. Facilitating it to meet the three pillars of sustainability; social, economic and environmentally sustainable development for future generations. However, how much is actually being doing? And where are we going wrong? 


As there several major issues that could easily be discussed from energy and water consumption, single use plastic etc., I will only be covering only household waste generation and division. To put it into perspective the volume of household waste generated is continually increasing in 2005, 857.87 tons of household waste was generated and by 2019 it had jumped to 1857.984 tons, that is a 73% increase (statista, 2001). Yet in study a on trends and attitudes on the collection, separation and willingness to pay for municipal solid waste management in KuwaitKoushki et al., (2004) determined that only 15.7% expressed a willingness to pay and 93% of these respondants would contribute only1.0KD per month to the cost of solid wastemanagement. This a clear indication that a holistic approach needs to be adopted through a top-down public policy to trigger pro-environmental behavioral change of Kuwaiti citizens (Chen & Lee, 2020). This takes in the form of the provision of adequate facilities in both quantity and quality for recycling. Additionally, the introduction of waste management policies, laws, legislation that is continuously enforced so that waste generation and separation behavior slowly change. As well as, the introduction of waste removal charges to promote a reduction in household waste generation. Furthermore, increasing positive attitudes can lead to the enhancement of the behavioral intention of waste separation lifestyle this can be achieved through education and awareness programs. A shining example of countries that have been at the forefront of recycling and diverting waste from going into landfills  and can be a guide to reducing waste generation are Germany, Norway, Austria and South-Korea


Before I end this piece, I need to point out it’s not all bad out there, there are private recycling companies (ex. Omniya, Green Rubber Recycling Co., All Season Compost) and government organizations (KEPA, PAAF) with plans and initiatives out there pushing for positive change. Regardless, we the people need to be the drivers of change as it is our social responsibility to promote source reduction, reuse, composting, and recycling significantly through education, awareness and collective action to set off a chain reaction to ensure our future generations survival.


P.S.  a very distressed Kuwaiti citizen 


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