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Saudi Arabia plans new recycling facility to build up industry

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The effort will be led by the Saudi Investment Recycling Company, a subsidiary of the Kingdom’s Sovereign Wealth Fund.

Monday 02, September 2019

Saudi Arabia plans to build the first recycling facility for construction debris in the capital, Riyadh, as it tries to overhaul a landfill-dominated waste-management industry, reported Bloomberg.

The company said that the first phase of construction is expected to start by the end of the year, however, it did not disclose the project’s cost or bid dates.

Jeroen Vincent, the CEO of Saudi Investment Recycling Company, said, “The new waste-sorting and recycling facility is only the beginning of a series of similar facilities to be launched within the next three years, with a broader goal of recycling all kinds of waste, such as fertilisers, paper, plastic and metals.”

More efficient waste management was one of the objectives of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s economic overhaul plan announced in 2016. The Kingdom recycles no more than 10 per cent of the 50 million tonnes of recyclable materials it produces each year.

The company stated that the recycling company wants the new facility to recycle nearly half of the estimated five million tonnes of annual construction and demolition waste in the capital by 2035. The debris will be turned into materials for use in road construction and housing projects, including a 35,000-unit housing project.

The company also plans to set up a facility for managing, treating and sorting municipal waste. The Riyadh municipality is currently rolling out a pilot project to get residents to sort household waste into separate bins for organic and inorganic waste.

 

TAGS : Saudi Investment Recycling Company, Public Investment Corporation, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Riyadh municipality

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