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Saudi's Eastern Province unveils major recycling push

Plans announced to build new facilities to recycle 81 percent of the 2 million tons of annually produced municipal solid waste by 2035

Saudi's Eastern Province unveils major recycling push

A memorandum of understanding to start integrated waste management and waste recycling activities in the Eastern Province was signed by Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadley, chairman of the National Waste Management Centre, Fahad Aljubair, Mayor of the Eastern Province, and Jeroen Vincent, CEO of Saudi Investment Recycling Company.

Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province has unveiled plans to build new facilities to recycle 81 percent of the 2 million tons of annually produced municipal solid waste by 2035.

About 60 percent of the 1.5 million tons of construction and demolition waste per year will also be recycled under an agreement signed by the National Waste Management Centre, Eastern Province Municipality and the Saudi Investment Recycling Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund (PIF).

A memorandum of understanding to start integrated waste management and waste recycling activities in the Eastern Province was signed by Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadley, chairman of the National Waste Management Centre, Fahad Aljubair, Mayor of the Eastern Province, and Jeroen Vincent, CEO of Saudi Investment Recycling Company.

Under the MoU, the three parties will jointly work on the execution of the overall waste management strategy for the Eastern Province to achieve a set of strategic objectives for recycling by 2035.

The National Waste Management Centre and the Saudi Investment Recycling Company will build recycling facilities in the Eastern Province to recycle all types of waste. This includes recycling of municipal waste into recyclables such as fertilizer, paper, plastics and metals.

Aljubair said: "This agreement strengthens our continuous efforts to improve the system of work in the waste management sector and upgrade the services provided to the residents in accordance with the best international standards."

He added: “The signing of the MoU comes within the efforts of the Eastern Province Municipality to preserve and protect the environment and achieve its sustainability targets."

The economic growth and continuous increase in population and urbanization have increased the amount of waste and factory waste, requiring a sophisticated technical approach in dealing with them.

Vincent said: “The signing of this agreement represents an extension of the agreements signed recently by us, which aims at developing the waste management sector through the establishment of modern recycling facilities."

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