Abu Dhabi allows firms to trade recycled waste material
18 Mar 2020
The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), through its Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), has authorized licensed manufacturing and industrial facilities in the emirate to trade their secondary industrial products, which includes reintroducing them into their production lines or selling them as raw materials to other facilities in Abu Dhabi.
Mohammed Munif Al Mansouri, Executive Director, IDB, said that the new resolution seeks to promote the recycling and re-using of secondary industrial products within industrial operations through recovering waste generated from factories’ production lines.
The latest development will not only reduce the facilities’ costs but will also help minimize industrial waste. He also pointed out that selling non-usable secondary products as raw materials to other facilities in the emirate represents another form of boosting profitability prospects.
Al Mansouri explained that the move will expand the industrial activities in Abu Dhabi, increase raw material supply within the manufacturing sector and reduce industrial waste. To date, around 500 industrial facilities, which produce re-usable materials with economic value such as metal, aluminum, plastics, chemicals, and papers, are expected to benefit from this resolution.
He stated that this resolution will play a key role in enhancing the strategic directives towards transforming to a circular economy and was confident that Abu Dhabi would achieve enhanced integration and cooperation between industrial facilities following the new regulation, which fall in line with IDB’s objective to protect the environment and decrease the volume of industrial waste being disposed in landfills or sent to designated recycling stations.
“IDB will systematically implement this new resolution, which is aimed to promote clean industrial production, recycling of materials and reduced industrial waste as well as strengthen cooperation between industrial facilities in the emirate,” Al Mansouri added.
He also shared that many industrial facilities, particularly those that re-use materials like iron waste, have submitted requests to ADDED to add the recycling activity to their industrial activities, which is widely being regarded as an important aspect in the enhancement of industrial production.
Several industrial facilities’ representatives in Abu Dhabi have expressed their agreement that the new resolution further consolidates the role of industrial facilities in improving environmental standards and making optimal use of the produced waste. It also constitutes an additional financial resource for the facilities that have the potential to carry out recycling operations and convert their waste internally into industrial products.
Source: Khaleej Times