Saudi Arabia approves an independent waste management system to achieve sustainability and protect the environment
Specialists to Asharq Al-Awsat: The Kingdom’s vision promotes the generation of a giant sector in the circular economy
Thursday – 3 Muharram 1443 AH – 12 August 2021 AD Issue No. [
Saudi Arabia approves waste management system to protect the environment and achieve sustainability (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Riyadh: Bandar Muslim
The Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Engineer Abdul Rahman Al-Fadhli, said that the approval of the system comes within the framework of a series of regulations previously approved for the environment sector and aims to regulate waste management activities and define the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in order to protect the environment and its sustainability in accordance with the principle of circular economy to stimulate investment and improve the level of service Public health and the urban landscape.
Saudi Arabia established the National Center for Waste Management (Mwan) at the beginning of the second quarter of this year with the aim of organizing and supervising the activities of the sector, stimulating investment in them and improving their quality based on the principle of circular economy to achieve sustainable development goals and advanced levels of environmental safety in line with the Saudi vision.
For his part, the head of the Saudi Center for Governance, Nasser Al-Sahli, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Kingdom’s vision with regard to the environmental sector has begun to become clear on the ground and through sustainable waste management that works with the principles of a circular economy to contribute to enhancing environmental protection and quality of life, indicating that the state will work with the best International standards for effectively organizing waste through innovation and adoption of best practices and modern technologies.
And he indicated that the establishment of a specialized center for waste management will contribute to the work of a targeted strategy to motivate everyone to follow recycling, preserve the sustainable environment and enhance public awareness with the aim of reducing waste production and encouraging reuse and recycling.
For his part, the environmental expert, Dr. Ali Eshki, told Asharq Al-Awsat that recycling all kinds of waste, whether domestic, industrial, or domestic and industrial sewage, has become a serious challenge not only to the ecosystem, but also to human health.
He added that organizing waste of all kinds opens new economic horizons, such as recycling plastic, glass and wood, and all of these industries provide great job opportunities, in addition to the use of materials manufactured from recycling these wastes may be a reason to reduce their import from outside the Kingdom. Dr. Eshki added that the treatment of industrial and sewage water using inexpensive natural methods may provide the Kingdom with millions of cubic meters of treated water that can be used to increase green spaces in Saudi cities, which helps to improve air quality by increasing the rate of oxygen gas in the atmosphere and reducing the proportion of gas Carbon Dioxide. He added, that methane gas emitted from sewage water may be used as a source of energy to light many homes, and this approach was followed by many European countries and Australia. The Kingdom established the Saudi Investment Recycling Company (SRC), which is one of the companies owned by the Public Investment Fund as part of the strategy and objectives towards developing new sectors within the country and investing in processing recyclable materials through the latest technologies, and it aims to be a major driver of the circular economy by raising operations Total recycling to 18%.