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Sharjah leads the region in recycling

Sharjah leads the region in recycling
Workers sort through the rubbish for recycling at the Bee’ah company in Sharjah. (ITP Images)
Sharjah leads the region in recycling
Samer Kamal, managing director of the company (C), shows AB's Mona Ibellini and Shane McGinley around the plant. (ITP Images)
Sharjah leads the region in recycling
Bee’ah – meaning ‘environment’ – was launched in 2007 as a private, public partnership with the Sharjah Municipality. (ITP Images)
Sharjah leads the region in recycling
The UAE still has one of the highest per capita environmental footprints in the world, an issue Kamal is seeking to address with this company. (ITP Images)
Sharjah leads the region in recycling
The landfill site receives around 400 truckloads of waste a day and at its peak this year was receiving 24,000 tonnes a day from an old landfill and 15,000 tonnes of new waste. (ITP Images)
Sharjah leads the region in recycling
At present, a bail of aluminum cans sells for an average of AED4,500 ($1,225) per tonne. (ITP Images)
Sharjah leads the region in recycling
Separating out the recyclable material from waste is the company’s biggest challenge and currently the city’s recycling bins are seeing 85 percent accuracy in terms of what members of the public separate their waste into the correct bins. (ITP Images)
Sharjah leads the region in recycling
The market for recycled cans and water bottles has slumped by as much as 60 percent. At present, it is down by 30 percent from the boom, but is continuing to recover. (ITP Images)