How a local environmental engineering organization created all the required technologies to achieve a Zero waste to the landfill status when dealing with various waste produced by society.
Shed light on the future trend of waste management in Lebanon and the MENA region.
Lecturer’s Brief Biography:
Ziad Abichaker is the of CEO Cedar Environmental – Lebanon: Environmental Engineer – Industrial Engineer – Master Garbage Man
Ziad is a multi-disciplinary engineer who specializes in building Municipal Recycling Facilities on the communal level going against the trend of a central Mega recycling Plant. While doing research at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA his team developed a technology to accelerate the composting cycle of organic waste in an odorless manner to produce high grade fertilizer.
Most municipalities in Lebanon and the middle east cannot afford to buy recycling plants, so Ziad worked out a three way contract where local banks give his company soft loans to build the recycling facilities and municipalities pay only for the service of recycling/composting in comfortable monthly installments not exceeding 5 US Dollars per household per month.
He is the recipient of an American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) design award in 1993 for his design linking municipal waste management to agriculture. In 2001, he received the Ford Motor Company Environmental & Conservation award for the Middle East. In 2011, he was named Arab World Social Innovator by Synergos institute in New York City, USA.
In February 2014, he was awarded by the World CSR Congress the Green Future Leadership Award.
In April 2014, he was named to the fourth annual GOOD 100 list of global citizens and creative changemakers by GOOD Magazine, a US based publication.
In June 2003, he was awarded the certificate of appreciation and recognition by the Syrian Government for his overall plan to make Syrian Food industries compliant with Clean Production Protocols. He expanded his study to be implemented all over the Middle-East and North Africa region and received the certificate of recognition of the Arab League in April 2006. His work in the advancement of the Zero Waste Societies earned him a speaking slot at the TEDxBeirut conference in September 2011. He has made numerous TV appearances for his innovative social work promoting environmental protection and green jobs creation. He holds a patent in a technology to compost organic materials dynamically with no pollution and has written extensively on environmental policies, issues and future trends.
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