TRSDC awards waste management contract to Averda-SNS joint venture
The three-year solid waste management contract will prioritise ‘zero waste to landfill’ even during Phase 1 of construction
Saudi Arabia’s The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) — the developer of the kingdom’s 28,000km2 The Red Sea Project, one of the world’s most ambitious tourism initiatives — has awarded a solid waste management contract to a joint venture between waste management firm Averda and the Saudi Naval Support Company (SNS).
The three-year waste management contract prioritises recycling for the gigaproject, which aims for ‘zero waste to landfill’ even throughout Phase 1 of construction.
The partnership involves collecting and recycling waste generated by administration offices, residential facilities, and construction activities, in addition to meeting the high environmental standards set for the project.
The scope of the contract also includes sewage collection services, involving the collection and transportation of sewage via tanker trucks to the sewage treatment plant in Yanbu until the construction and commissioning of the temporary sewage treatment plant (STP) for the project is completed.
Recycling and reusing waste underpin the approach to waste management, as it will support the TRSDC in designing, building, and operating Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW) plants.
The recyclable material that is recovered from both the MSW and CDW stream will then transferred for further processing or used as fill material on the project.
Similarly, a composting unit will be utilised for turning organic-rich waste into compost to be used for the project’s landscaped areas and in the site nursery.
Equally important, incinerators will be used to process non-recyclable waste, and the ash generated is mixed with cement for the production of bricks.
Commenting on the initiative, the chief executive officer of TRSDC, John Pagano, said: “We're uncompromising in our commitment to protect, preserve, and enhance the natural environment. Pioneering new standards in sustainable development to achieve this goal is at the heart of The Red Sea Project, as is selecting the right partners who are willing and able to support our ambition.”
The Red Sea Project site is being developed from the ground up, with no pre-existing infrastructure in place. The award of this contract represents another step forward in the development of enabling infrastructure that supports the delivery of Phases 1 and 2 of construction.
TRSDC is developing Saudi Arabia’s flagship international tourism destination and is setting new standards in sustainable development.
Its sustainability targets include a 100% reliance on renewable energy, a total ban on single-use plastics, and complete carbon neutrality in the destination’s operations.