More than 2,000 tonnes of waste were recycled or composted from FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 stadiums
28 Dec 2022News
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), FIFA and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC, implemented a robust programme which involved a number of initiatives before and during the Tournament. This included the use of compostable food packaging, encouraging fans to segregate waste and placing sorting facilities at all eight stadiums. Qatar’s commitment to staging a sustainable FIFA World Cup thus included extensive efforts to minimise waste and recycle used materials throughout the tournament. After successfully hosting 64 matches, tournament organisers ensured that more than 2,000 tonnes of waste were recycled or composted.
Eng. Bodour Al Meer, the SC’s Sustainability Executive Director, said: “We are proud to announce that approximately 80% of waste from stadiums has been recycled. This is a massive achievement that has been delivered thanks to detailed planning and unwavering commitment from tournament organisers and national stakeholders.”
The main focus of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM Sustainability Strategy is reducing waste and increasing recycling, especially of plastics and in order to achieve that, tournament organisers successfully replaced plastic with compostable and reusable alternatives. For unavoidable plastics, Qatar 2022 worked diligently to remove them from the waste streams so that they can be recycled.
Organisers engaged with fans ahead of the tournament to encourage them to recycle as much as possible. There were also several public activations throughout Qatar 2022 that engaged fans and encouraged the uptake of recycling bins at tournament sites. The success of this initiative during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will certainly create a long last legacy where recycling plays an integral part in the way waste is managed in Qatar.