Bee’ah cel­e­brates 10th year of keep­ing Shar­jah pris­tine

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SHAR­JAH: Many great projects be­gin with the vi­sion of a sin­gle in­di­vid­ual. It was His High­ness Dr Sheikh Sul­tan Bin Mo­hammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Coun­cil Mem­ber and Ruler of Shar­jah, who en­vi­sioned the emi­rate as a bea­con of en­vi­ron­men­tal best prac­tice, not just on a na­tional or even re­gional ba­sis, but ul­ti­mately on a global scale.

The re­al­i­sa­tion of his vi­sion is Bee’ah, a com­pany cre­ated by Emiri de­cree, which in the ten short years of its ex­is­tence has grown from a new com­pany with just 60 em­ploy­ees, has be­come an in­ter­na­tion­ally re­spected player in the ield of waste man­age­ment, en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sul­ta­tion and green en­ergy, cur­rently em­ploy­ing around 7,000 peo­ple.

While the en­ter­prise started off with a rel­a­tively mod­est mu­nic­i­pal con­tract for waste col­lec­tion and dis­posal in Shar­jah through Tan­deef, its mu­nic­i­pal and com­mer­cial col­lec­tion and cleans­ing divi­sion, the breadth and scale of Bee’ah’s op­er­a­tions to­day is stag­ger­ing. Cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from in­te­grated waste man­age­ment to pub­lic cleans­ing, en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sult­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness, re­new­able en­ergy, fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, the com­pany has be­gun to di­ver­sify into other ields in­clud­ing dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy and real es­tate.

“By any mea­sure, our growth has been spec­tac­u­lar,” said Salim Bin Mo­hamed Al Owais, Bee’ah’s Chair­man of the Board of Di­rec­tors. “Yet as we cel­e­brate our tenth an­niver­sary and look back with an im­mense sense of pride at just how far we have come, we do so also with a sense of hu­mil­ity, know­ing that we have much to do and that our jour­ney has re­ally only just be­gun.”

At the very be­gin­ning of that jour­ney, one of Bee’ah’s irst tasks was to take over the op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance of Shar­jah’s Al Saj’ah landill site. It’s a re­spon­si­bil­ity which is loaded with sym­bol­ism and which has a par­tic­u­lar res­o­nance to this day.that’s be­cause Bee’ah has set it­self the am­bi­tious tar­get of di­vert­ing 100 per cent of Shar­jah’s waste ma­te­rial away from landill, thereby cre­at­ing the irst zero-waste-to-landill city in the Mid­dle East.

With that goal in mind, Bee’ah set about im­prov­ing the in­fra­struc­ture as well as the sys­tems and pro­ce­dures at Al Saj’ah. In do­ing so, the site was trans­formed into a fully en­gi­neered landill, op­er­at­ing in com­pli­ance with the lat­est in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. This trans­for­ma­tion was a pow­er­ful state­ment, a tan­gi­ble demon­stra­tion of Bee’ah’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to make a dif­fer­ence in a re­gion where en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns have all too of­ten been side­lined in the scram­ble for eco­nomic, so­cial and in­dus­trial devel­op­ment.

To­day, as the com­pany con­tin­ues to de­velop and ex­pand, the Al Saj’ah Waste Man­age­ment Cen­tre sits at the heart of Bee’ah’s op­er­a­tions as part of a broader, more holis­tic ap­proach to waste man­age­ment. With the ad­di­tion of sev­eral spe­cialised ma­te­rial pro­cess­ing fa­cil­i­ties, Tad­weer, Bee’ah’s waste sort­ing and treat­ment divi­sion, can en­sure a safe and con­trolled dis­posal and re­cov­ery process for a wide va­ri­ety of ma­te­ri­als. These in­clude pa­per, plas­tic, tyres, rub­ber, ve­hi­cles, metal, con­struc­tion and de­mo­li­tion waste. Highly spe­cialised fa­cil­i­ties are also in place to han­dle the re­cy­cling of sen­si­tive doc­u­men­ta­tion and the pro­cess­ing of med­i­cal waste, the lat­ter through Wekaya, Bee’ah’s joint ven­ture with Green Planet.

Bee’ah ve­hi­cle and a three-stream bin along a road­side in Shar­jah.

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