Waste dumps cen­ter is base of re­cy­cling: Sheikh Ab­dul­lah

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

En­vi­ron­ment Pub­lic Author­ity (EPA) opened yes­ter­day the first waste dumps cen­ter in Al-Salmi, north of Kuwait, in an area of two square kilo­me­ters. “Waste dumps assem­bly cen­ter is the base for re­cy­cling projects in the coun­try and will be fol­lowed with many other ven­tures,” said Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Kuwait En­vi­ron­ment Pub­lic Author­ity (EPA) Sheikh Ab­dul­lah AlAh­mad Al-Ho­moud Al-Sabah. EPA is work­ing to in­crease num­ber of waste re­cy­cling fac­to­ries in Kuwait and re­duc­ing waste land­fills, Sheikh Ab­dul­lah said in a speech, de­liv­ered af­ter open­ing cer­e­mony of the pa­per waste re­cy­cling cen­ter.

The cen­ter is es­tab­lished in co­or­di­na­tion with Ke­fan Co-Op So­ci­ety, Kuwait Union Of Con­sumer Co-Op­er­a­tive So­ci­eties (KUCCS), with sup­port by Na­tional Fund for Small and Medium En­ter­prise (SME) and plas­tic re­cy­cling project ‘OMNIYA’.

Sheikh Ab­dul­lah said EPA was keen to find a 2-sq-km plot of land in Al-Salmi to build re­cy­cling fac­to­ries in co­or­di­na­tion with the Pub­lic Author­ity for In­dus­try (PAI), not­ing that Kuwait will have more than 15 per­cent of al­ter­na­tive and re­new­able en­ergy sources by the end of 2035.

Mean­while, Pres­i­dent of Union of Co­op­er­a­tive So­ci­eties Ali Al-Kan­dari said this project is the first of its kind and can be of a great use to both so­ci­ety and con­sumers. Re­gard­ing the (OMNIYA) project, “it was just a small idea to cre­ate en­vi­ron­ment friendly aware­ness con­cept in Kuwait,” said Sanna Al-Qam­las, one of the team mem­bers, adding they were able to ex­pand rapidly dur­ing their first year. (OMNIYA) signed a con­tract with (SME) to build the first re­cy­cling cen­ter for (Pt) sub­stance in the Gulf re­gion, not only in Kuwait. —KUNA

KUWAIT: Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Kuwait En­vi­ron­ment Pub­lic Author­ity (EPA) Sheikh Ab­dul­lah Al-Ah­mad Al-Ho­moud Al-Sabah speaks with vol­un­teers dur­ing the event. —KUNA

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