Will this one be Saudized too? Saudi Arabia pays $500 million for garbage clean-up project
Jeddah’s municipality has signed a contract valued at SR1.8 billion (around USE 500 million) to remove garbage from across several areas.
Ali Al-Ghamdi, secretary-general for the Jeddah Municipality, said the civic body was also conducting field campaigns in branch directorates and municipalities. The municipality has distributed 240-liter containers to districts which have mostly villas.
The transfer of operations from the old to the new company has also begun and would take about two months to complete, he said.
The municipality faced many challenges due to the poor performance of the old company.
“The level of hygiene in the city has shown signs of improvement following the signing of contracts with the new company,” he said.
Jeddah has been divided into nine zones for garbage-lifting and the present contract, valued at SR1.8 billion, is substantially less than the SR3 billion contract signed earlier, he said.
He added that dividing the city into zones would benefit the citizens of Jeddah because it would lead to a healthier environment and facilitate field follow-ups by branch directorates and municipalities.
“Containers will be distributed according to the density of the population to ensure justice and equality."
We are studying the possibility of distributing more 240-liter containers to areas with villas,” he said.
“Some citizens throw their waste outside containers and dispose of large-sized items like furniture and agricultural waste. We also have the problem of accumulated rubble and waste from construction, which is thrown away randomly after official working hours. Some people throw waste out of their car windows, putting extra pressure on the municipality. Our endeavor is to maintain a clean and healthy city, which can only be achieved through concerted and joint efforts,” Al-Ghamdi said.
The official said the municipality has a futuristic outlook and new ideas to raise the level of hygiene and cleanliness in Jeddah neighborhoods.
“Our message is to raise the bar to achieve the best possible standard and dispose of commercial and domestic waste in an environmentally friendly manner in order to maintain public health and save the environment. We aim to treat environmental polluters in a way that conforms to international standards,” he said.
“We aim to re-use domestic and commercial waste to achieve a zero-waste target through creating a future waste dump in Aslaa. We are seeking the assistance of the best international environmental standards in classifying waste and recycling it in an environmentally sound manner. This will be achieved by tendering investment projects that achieve the target,” he said.