Bee’ah, SITA Sign MOU to Boost Waste Management in Middle East

Middle East firm aims to establish best practices in waste management and recycling in the United Arab Emirates.

March 27, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
Legislation & Regulations Municipal / IC&I

To strengthen its position as a recycling and waste management Bee'ah, a Middle East-based waste management company, and Suez Environnement, through its SITA subsidiary, have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop wide ranging waste management and recycling capabilities to the United Arab Emirates.

As part of the MoU, the two waste management operators have agreed to work together to establish a set of projects to boost the recycling of a host of materials at Bee’ah’s facility in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, through the establishment of recycling facilities for plastics, wood and electronic scrap. The two companies also have agreed to cooperate to develop more effective waste collection, fleet management and waste treatment in the country.

H.E. Salim Al Owais, chairman of Bee'ah, and Dominique Mangin D'Ouince, chairman and CEO of Central Europe, Mediterranean & Middle East at Suez Environnement, signed the MoU during a Bee'ah delegation visit to France at the Suez Environnement headquarters in Paris.

At the signing ceremony, Al Owais said, "This agreement brings Bee'ah one step closer to its goal for Sharjah to attain zero-waste to landfill by 2015. Our collaboration with Suez Environnement in waste management will help us bring some of the best European waste management practices and environmental technologies to the UAE."

He added, "We at Bee'ah, as the leader of environmental change in the Middle East, strive to always build strong collaborations with key entities in our industry to bring the best and latest to the UAE in an effort to make the environment of our country better for the generations to come, in fulfillment of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, member of the Supreme Council of the U.A.E. and ruler of Sharjah, and Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of the ruler of Sharjah and chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs."

Commenting on the agreement, Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of Suez Environnement, said, "This partnership confirms that thanks to its permanent efforts in innovation, Suez Environnement is able to respond both to the new requirements of its customers in mature countries and in new market with strong growth and help them to become leaders of environmental performance. This partnership also provides significant growth opportunities for Suez Environnement. As our partner, Bee'ah brings significant waste management strengths and will enable us to expand our reach throughout the U.A.E."

Under the agreement, Bee'ah and Suez Environnement will exchange information and best practices in waste management strategies and jointly work to improve waste treatment and recycling methods to contribute to a better and cleaner environment for Sharjah.

Bee'ah's Waste Management Centre houses facilities, including a MRF (material recovery facility), a construction and demolition waste recycling facility (CDW), a tire recycling facility, an engineered landfill, the Wekaya (a medical waste facility) and, more recently, a car and light metal shredding and recycling facility as well as the organic composting facility.

The MRF, which Bee’ah says is the largest such facility in the Middle East and the third largest in the world, receives mixed solid waste and sorts the recyclable material in different streams such as paper, cardboard, plastic and aluminium. About 900 metric tons of waste is processed daily at the MRF.

More than 1,500 metric tons of construction waste made up of concrete, bricks, wood, insulation and asphalt, is processed daily at Bee'ah's CDW.

Bee'ah's TRF—the first of its kind in the region—is in the process of recycling the some 4,000 tires arriving at Sharjah's landfills each day. The company says it is one of the few facilities in the world using a cryogenic process to turn old tires into crumb rubber which is used for flooring and athletic applications.

Tandeef, a division of Bee'ah, was specifically created to deliver a comprehensive, cost effective, environmentally sound and technically reliable solid waste collection and city beautification system. This service collects more than 600,000 metric tons of nonhazardous municipal waste annually, manages the 1,750 three-stream pedestrian recyclers across Sharjah and carries out scheduled waste collections and public space cleaning and sweeping.