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Zero tolerance to landfills

Three years ago, Bee’ah, the region’s leading waste management company set out a plan towards Zero Waste by 2015. Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee’ah, speaks to Lorraine Bangera about the company’s strategies and challenges faced along the way

Bee’ah was an exhibitor at the World Future Energy Summit for the fourth time this year. Al Huraimel said the company aims to use the platform to present its latest solutions and initiatives in line with its goal towards Zero-Waste to landfill by 2015.

Bee’ah aims to recover the maximum value from waste, recycle recovered materials, and then convert the non-recyclable segment of the waste into energy.

Since its establishment in 2007, Bee’ah has achieved tremendous results through efficient waste management. Al Huraimel states: “Bee’ah currently diverts around 62% of waste away from landfill.

“It is well on track to achieving its goal through its efforts towards implementing environmental solutions, efficient waste systems, and adopting international best practices.”

Strategic approach to waste

“Recovering maximum value from waste has been Bee’ah’s strategy since 2007,” said Al Huraimel.

The company has set in place various facilities and initiatives that aim to:

-       Educate the public and create community awareness about the challenges of waste in the UAE

-       Implement a holistic economic, industrial and social framework which promotes the four Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover

-       Recover materials from waste and recycle them

-       Convert non-recyclable wastes to produce energy that is fed into the national grid

 

Legal challenges

When asked about the challenges Bee’ah faces to achieve its goal, Al Huraimel said: “The lack of legal enforcement stands as the key challenge faced in the region today.”

According to him, Bee’ah aims to enhance the environment and achieve added-value commercial ventures, while upholding its commitments to stakeholders; all of which is not achievable without the proper framework of laws and legislations that support this change.

Green capital of ME

The emirate of Sharjah is focusing heavily on recycling waste as it aims to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2015, in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, for Sharjah to be the leading environmental city in the Middle East.

Al Huraimel said: “By achieving this goal, Sharjah will be the first Arab city to divert 100% of its waste from landfill. Bee’ah aims to fulfil that goal in an effort to contribute towards Sharjah being recognised as the Environmental Capital of the Middle East.”

The company endeavors to turn material and physical waste into recycled resources that can be re-used by the community.

Al Huraimel said: “Converting household waste into energy will help Sharjah become a more sustainable emirate. We are carefully studying the various projects for waste-to-energy as certain schemes can create harmful pollutants to the ecosystem; when our main aim is to reduce our carbon footprint, and at the same time achieve a zero-waste output.“

Importance of Zero waste

According to the CEO, zero-waste should be a priority for all cities.

He said: “Looking at it from an economical point of view, by extracting the valuable materials for recycling will lead to less costs and resources to extract new material from the Earth, this practice helps people and companies prosper while using fewer inputs – all the while contributing to a sustainable environment and economy.

“From a waste management point of view, diverting all waste from landfill will lead to less dependence on landfills and will help revolutionize our waste management processes.”

 

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