Bahrain plans waste recycling plant
Manama, June 6, 2014
Bahrain is planning to to build an integrated waste recycling complex with the capacity to recycle 60 per cent of all daily waste generated in the kingdom, said a report.
The waste management process currently drains BD20 million ($53 million) per year from the state budget, or one third of the budget of the Ministry of Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, said the Al Shorfa report.
“The Ministry of Municipalities is working to determine the most suitable method of recycling waste within the shortest period of time and at the lowest possible cost, taking the protection of the environment and human health into account,” Yousif Al-Ghatam, director general of Bahrain's Northern Municipality, was quoted as saying.
Several studies are currently under way on waste types and the site of the complex, he said. The waste treated will include plastic, paper, cardboard, tires, construction waste and agricultural waste.
The project will be built at a remote location, far from residential and industrial areas, said the report.
Its first phase will involve awarding a tender to a private sector company to collect and shred tires so they can be recycled near the main landfill in the kingdom's south, it said.
The second phase will include initiating construction waste recycling, followed by another set of tenders for recycling other types of waste using methods that are environmentally friendly, it added.