DUBAI, 19th April, 2017 (WAM)
Enviroserve UAE, which delivers niche waste and environmental solutions, has signed an agreement with Dubai Wholesale City for the construction of a 228,000 sq. ft. electronics and specialised waste recycling plant at Dubai Industrial Park, the dedicated industrial hub within Dubai Wholesale City.
Backed by the Swiss Government Export Finance Agency, the AED120 million project represents one of the largest foreign direct investments in the field of environmental management in the UAE. The facility will serve as the region’s largest centre of expertise for electronic waste management in the Middle East.
The first plant-of-its-kind facility will recycle the entire range of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment ranging from consumer and industrial to commercial and military appliances, including air conditioners, batteries, IT equipment, household appliances, military avionics and mobile phones. In addition, it will recycle specialised waste material such as aerosol cans and lightbulbs, and become the only dedicated refrigerant reclaim facility in the UAE.
Expected to commence operations by the end of the year, Phase 1 of the plant will comprise state-of-the-art equipment to process 39,000 tons of electronic waste annually.
Enviroserve’s decision to set up a state-of-the-art recycling facility at Dubai Wholesale City comes at a time when a UN-sponsored research project has indicated that the average UAE resident produces 17.2 kilogrammes of e-waste each year. Amounting to nearly 600,000 tons in 2015, e-waste generation in the GCC region is expected to reach 900,000 tons in 2020.
Source: Emirates News Agency
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