Saudi Arabia: Recycling of construction waste for road and housing building

SIRC recycles construction waste for road and housing building

The Saudi Investment Recycling Company (SIRC), a subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund company, has announced its intention to build the first construction waste recycling facility in the capital, Riyadh, and to use the waste after recycling for road and housing building.

The waste sorting and recycling facility is just the beginning of a series of similar facilities that will be launched over the next three years, with a broader goal of recycling all waste, such as fertilizers, paper, plastics, and metals, SIRC said in a statement quoted by Bloomberg.

The first phase of building will be with the use of recycled materials by the end of this year.

Saudi Arabia plans to build the first construction waste recycling facility in the capital, Riyadh, in an effort to reform the waste management industry rather than landfilling, Bloomberg said.

  • The first phase of construction is expected to start by the end of the year.

The most effective waste management was among the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 announced in 2016 as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recycles only about 10% of the 50 million tons of recyclable materials it produces each year, according to studies conducted by the Public Investment Fund.

SIRC wants the new facility to recycle about half of the estimated 5 million tons of annual construction and demolition waste in the capital, Riyadh by 2035.

The waste will be converted into materials for road building and housing projects, including a project for 35,000 housing units, SIRC said.

SIRC also plans to build a municipal waste management, treatment, and sorting facility. Riyadh Municipality is currently implementing a pilot project to get the population to sort the waste in different containers for organic and inorganic waste.