The emirate of Sharjah saw Sunday the inauguration of the first UAE's plant for recycling construction waste. The AED 40 million (some US$11 million) Saja'a waste management factory is developed and run by Emirates Environmental Technology Company under supervision of Bee'ah, a limited liability joint stock company, partly owned by Sharjah Municipality.
According to WAM, Dr Salah Tahir, Director General of Sharjah Municipality, hoped the debut joint venture between the civic body and Emirates Environmental Technology Company at Saja'a would open up new business opportunities in trading on by-products of construction waste management. ''The Saja'a factory receives 2000 tons of construction and demolition materials. It operates nine hours a day to converts these waste into high quality reusable raw building materials,''he stated.
''By this initiative, Sharjah is taking the lead not only at UAE level but also at the region too in adopting latest technology in recycling construction waste and converting them into reusable raw materials,''he said.
Apart from high financial returns, he explained, the facility uses international safety, environmental protection and operating standards. New techniques were introduced to ensure that waste is disposed of as effectively and as safely as possible.