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15 April 2024

Landfill to be developed into world-class recycling plant

By Eman Al Baik


Salim bin Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman of Bee’ah, The Sharjah Environment Company, a joint venture company between the Government of Sharjah and the private sector, that will supervise Al Saja’ah site, said: “We have now established a number of strong partnerships with several companies that specialise in different areas of recycling and waste management.”


Shipments of equipment required to manage the waste to allow its reuse will arrive within the next six months, he said after a meeting with officials from Emirates Environmental Technology (EET), the site’s operators.


“New cells for collecting waste of a certain type have been developed to enable recycling into reusable material and for safe disposal,” he said, adding the meeting’s participants also agreed the accumulated trash at the site would be eliminated by next month.


Challenges facing Al Saja’ah include the sheer volume of waste delivered every day – 3,000 tonnes from municipal solid waste (generated from household sources); 16,000 tonnes from construction and demolition waste and 1,000 tonnes of industrial waste from firms in the emirate.


Al Saja’ah, located near the Sharjah Airport Road, is one of the world’s largest waste management sites, with a total capacity of approximately 25 million cubic metres. The volume of waste arriving at the site from the emirate grows by around 14 per cent every year. “Accordingly, the site requires new methods and techniques to be employed in order for it to continue to serve the emirate effectively,” Al Owais said.