The Save Our World Team was delighted to take part in the official opening of the Middle East’s largest e-waste recycling facility The Recycling Hub (TRH) on 20thMarch 2019 at Enviroserve’s new facility in Dubai. The launch event was attended by senior government officials, industry leaders, partners, supporters and a handful of schools invited by Save Our World.
Check out our VIDEO to watch the highlights of our tour of the 280,000-sq-ft e-waste recycling plant at the end of the official ceremony. The facility is unreal! It processes WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment), IT equipment, refrigerant gas, and specialised waste. It has a processing capacity of 100,000 tonnes of total integrated waste per year, more than a third of which is e-waste (39,000 tonnes). Items which can be processed by giant machines include air conditioners, batteries, computers, household appliances, mobile phones, and even light bulbs and aerosol cans. It is also currently the only dedicated refrigerant gas reclaim facility in the UAE.
The project cost Dh120-million and is backed by the Swiss Government, bringing futuristic high-tech capability through its machinery. It is one of the largest direct investments into the UAE ever, by any foreign company. The giant machines (with names such as Steady Eddy, The Octopus and Thor’s Hammer) are used for different types of ewaste recycling, but the output is very similar. Fine sand-like granules of various metals and other materials are produced, ready to be used again in the production of electric or electronic items such as iPads and phones.
Stuart Fleming, Enviroserve’s CEO was instrumental in supporting The Eco-heroes Recycling Trip Trouble when it was just an idea as he helped give me the confidence to just ‘go for it’. He even came along to our book launch last October.
That’s why Save Our World is super excited that the amazing ewaste facility is now officially OPEN for business!
Stuart told Reuters: “.. we are confident this will be a true game-changer in electronic and specialised waste recycling for the UAE and the wider Middle East……….. and we look forward to elevating the sustainability movement in the region.”
Save Our World can now share what we know about TRH with schools and organisations across the UAE in our journey towards the UAE Vision 2021 and raising the bar on sustainability and environmental education.
Our guests from the Eco Groups in GEMS JPS , Raffles World Academy and Kings School Al Barsha were thoroughly impressed by their visit and Enviroserve’s commitment to raising ewaste recycling awareness.
Save Our World looks forward to further supporting Enviroserve and its partners in the future.
Keep on recycling!