Sharjah gets set for recycling

As focus shifts to environmental issues, Sharjah starts recycling campaign.

Sharjah set to raise the recycling standards throughout the Emirates.
Sharjah set to raise the recycling standards throughout the Emirates.

A commercial recycling initiative has been launched in the Emirate of Sharjah, by The Sharjah Environment Company.

The scheme, which is being piloted for two months by mixed-use Al Batha Tower, will be rolled out through the Emirate in early 2008.

"The Bee'ah Recycling Program will be implemented in multiple phases over the next several years. Once fully operational, it is expected to divert approximately 400,000 tons of waste from Sharjah landfills a year," claims Samer Kamal, managing director, Bee'ah.

 

Even though Al Batha Tower is a mixed use development, the scheme is focused on the commercial sector.

To encourage recycling, companies will not have to recycle at source. Bee'ah will collect the waste several times a week.

"Recyclables will be transported to a secure facility where they will be sorted, audited, weighed and stored. Once this is complete, it will be sent out to be recycled into new products," added Kamal.

On average, each person produces 3.4 kilograms of solid waste each day. This adds up to over a tonne of waste per person, per year.

"Recycling not only reduces everyone's environmental footprint, it also makes good economic sense. Reducing the amount of products we buy and use, means it costs consumers and businesses less," says Kamal.

The Sharjah Environment Company is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the Sharjah Municipality. It was formed in December 2006.

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