Saudi Arabia rolls out waste management initiative for Riyadh

The initiative aims at recycling 81% of municipal waste and 47% of construction and demolition waste by 2035

Riyadh will recycle 47% of construction and demolition waste by 2035. [representational image]
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Riyadh will recycle 47% of construction and demolition waste by 2035. [representational image]

Saudi Arabia’s National Waste Management Centre, Riyadh Municipality, and Saudi Investment Recycling Company — formed in 2017 by the kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) — have rolled out a waste management and recycling plan for Riyadh, with the initiative aimed at recycling 81% of municipal waste and 47% of construction and demolition waste in the capital by 2035.

Under the tripartite agreement, 18 million tonnes (t) of construction and demolition waste  currently lying in vacant plots and across roadsides in the capital will be managed and recycled.

Construction and demolition waste will be recycled into building materials for roadworks as well as housing projects. A sorting facility will for municipal waste will also be built in accordance with “City without bins” project initiate by the Mayor of Riyadh.

Speaking on the initiative, Mayor of Riyadh region, HE Eng Tariq bin Abdul Aziz Al-Faris, said: "This agreement strengthens our continuous efforts to improve the system of work in the waste management sector and upgrade the services provided to Riyadh residents in accordance with the best international standards."

As part of an integrated waste management system, the Saudi Investment Recycling Company will also build recycling facilities, which will recycle all types of waste including municipal waste into recyclables such as fertilizer, paper, plastics and metals.

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