UAE Launches First Recyclable Material Recovery Facility in Abu Dhabi

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In Abu Dhabi, a brand-new, innovative plant will be built to collect recyclable materials from municipal solid waste.

Revolutionizing Waste Management in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is set to pioneer a groundbreaking initiative with the establishment of a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to extracting recyclable materials from municipal solid waste.

Spearheaded by the Tadweer Group, the greenfield Material Recovery Facility (MRF) is poised to be a game-changer, boasting an anticipated capacity of 1.3 million metric tons annually. Nestled within the expansive Al Mafraq industrial area, this facility will sprawl across more than 90,000 square meters, positioning itself as one of the largest MRFs within the region.

At its core, the primary objective of this venture is to procure municipal waste and extract recyclables, encompassing metals, plastics, and various other materials. By doing so, it aims to significantly reduce the volume of waste destined for landfills, amplifying recycling efforts and facilitating the preparation of feedstock for the Abu Dhabi Waste to Energy facility.

This strategic move underscores a concerted effort towards enhancing recycling rates, fostering a circular economy, and propelling the group closer to its ambitious target of diverting 80 percent of Abu Dhabi's waste away from landfills by 2030.

Furthermore, the MRF will be a pivotal component of the organization's circular cluster, a network of facilities engineered to bolster the circular economy paradigm while curbing landfill reliance. Its overarching objectives extend beyond waste recovery, with plans in place to furnish feedstock for additional waste conversion endeavors, including the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Embracing Circular Economy Principles

Ali Al Dhaheri, the managing director and CEO of Tadweer Group, articulated the significance of this endeavor in advancing the organization's strategic vision. He emphasized the pivotal role of technology in prolonging the lifespan of recyclable materials, thereby paving the way for a sustainable future. Moreover, he underscored the facility's role in advancing waste conversion initiatives, aligning seamlessly with the pillars of the UAE's net-zero agenda.

Beyond its environmental impact, the MRF is poised to catalyze economic growth by stimulating both local and foreign private sector investments. Moreover, it is expected to generate employment opportunities and serve as a platform for the training and development of UAE nationals, thereby fostering a skilled workforce adept in the nuances of waste management and recycling practices.

The development of the facility will undergo a rigorous selection process through a closed tender, ensuring transparency and efficiency in the procurement of services. Following the awarding of the contract, the subsequent engineering, procurement, and construction phases are slated to commence by the end of 2024, with operations scheduled to commence by the conclusion of 2026.

Moreover, the establishment of this groundbreaking facility signifies a paradigm shift in waste management practices, heralding a new era of sustainability and environmental stewardship in Abu Dhabi. With its multifaceted approach encompassing recycling, waste diversion, and resource recovery, the MRF is poised to become a beacon of innovation and a catalyst for change in the region's environmental landscape.

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