COVER STORY

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS: LEADERS IN WASTE MANAGEMENT AND RECYCLING

The global waste management market size is expected to reach $530.0 billion by 2025 from $330.6 billion in 2017, growing at a CAGR of 6.0% from 2018 to 2025, according to a report by ReportLinker. The Middle East waste management market, particularly the GCC is highly competitive and this market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 6.25 percent for the period 2019-2024, as per Mordor Intelligence market report. Rapid population growth, urbanisation and a substantial increase in living standards over the past decade have led to increased waste generation that requires effective solutions and practices to tackle the waste in an eco-friendly manner.

Many governments in the region have started taking proactive measures to ensure sustainable waste recycling solutions are in place to achieve their waste diversion goals. The UAE has been a leader in this area and has sought to address the waste management issues in an effective manner with efforts underway to establish necessary infrastructure facilities in various emirates. Several companies in the waste recycling sector have been supporting these efforts with valuable and innovative solutions, and in this edition, we are introducing a new section that features some of the leading waste and recycling companies in the region. Our 2019 listing includes some of the businesses that are playing a major role and influencing the sector in the region and making the most significant impact on both the industry and communities they are involved in and showcases a variety of ways to succeed in today’s vibrant environment. Read on to learn how these leading players are making a difference in the sector by working towards a sustainable future. We hope you find their stories as inspiring as we do.

 

Oman Environmental Service Holding Company S.A.O.C (be’ah) strives towards a vision to “Conserve the environment of beautiful Oman for future generations.” The company’s main objectives are to control environmental damage incurred during traditional waste dumping processes by closing all traditional dumpsites and rehabilitate those sites, structure the waste sector and its related services in a sustainable manner, develop the industry and support the national economy. be’ah’s strategy is inspired by their vision and defined by their goal to overcome challenges that the country is facing in the waste management sector.

Municipal Solid Waste

The company is committed to creating a roadmap of excellence by working assiduously towards building a sustainable waste management ecosystem and building an infrastructure that is streamlined and successful. “Part of be’ah’s responsibility is structuring solid waste management as per international standards by establishing the required infrastructure, restructure the municipal waste collection services, and improve public awareness.”

be’ah embarked on a journey to close all traditional dumpsites and replace them with engineered landfills, where feasible. These cutting edge landfills which are compacted and lined, are designed to accept municipal solid waste for final disposal in a secure and safe manner, minimising the risk to people and the environment. Transfer stations are also being established where waste can be stored and accumulated before transporting it to appropriate disposal facilities. Currently, there are 10 established engineered landfills and around 14 transfer stations across the Sultanate.

In terms of municipal solid waste services, be’ah has outsourced 10 separate contracts to private operators and 3 LF operation contracts with international experience which operates in different Governorates in Oman. According to the company, their services are currently reaching 86 percent and will reach 100 percent by second quarter of 2020.

Industrial Waste

Industrial waste has been classified into two categories – healthcare and hazardous waste; and be’ah has been providing healthcare waste (HCW) treatment services since 2012 as part of its strategy that was adopted after taking over from the Ministry of Health. The company has made remarkable efforts to enhance the existing infrastructure by developing and increasing the operational efficiency of the HCW treatment facility in Muscat. They have also established two other HCW treatment facilities in North Al Batinah and Dhofar Governorates covering approximately 99.9 percent of the treatment and disposal of HCW in the Sultanate. The remaining 0.1 percent is generated in veterinary clinics. be’ah is currently constructing a HCW treatment facility at Musandam Governorate. The HCW treatment facilities include incineration and autoclave technologies. These treatment centres combined with disposal facilities create an integrated structure for HCW treatment services.

The latest statistics show that nearly 1.5 million tons of hazardous waste was generated in Oman in 2014 (COWI Report 2014). be’ah’s sustainable strategy to deal with the hazardous waste involves establishing an Integrated Hazardous Waste Handling and Treatment Facility in North Al- Batinah. The facility will consist of an incineration unit, a physical and chemical treatment unit, a solidification unit, several landfills to cater to the different requirements, and pre-treatment and storage units. In parallel with the Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm (SEZAD), be’ah has completed building a hazardous waste landfill in Al-Duqm as well as a storage facility.

In terms of hazardous waste collection, the company created an online manifest for waste generators (companies and industries) to deliver waste at the relevant facilities after being evaluated and accepted by the concerned teams in be’ah.

Waste Diversion

be’ah aims to implement a long term municipal solid waste diversion strategy to achieve a diversion rate of 80 percent by 2030. “The strategy will also maximise economic returns while reducing dependency on landfill and providing opportunities for power generation industries. Thus, a remarkable mass of waste could be sustainably and environmentally used.

The company is also focused on commercialising various waste streams such as: construction and demolition waste (C&D), end-of-life tyres (ELT), lead acid batteries (LAB), green waste, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and end-of-life vehicles (ELV) by developing integrated systems. “The primary objective is to develop a collection system for waste arising from its generation source, ensuring transportation systems and identifying an attractive investment market for the private sector.” In terms of waste recovery, be’ah has developed several plans to support Oman’s energy needs such as Waste-to-Energy project that will recover energy from unrecyclable waste and a Biogas project that aims to utilise organic waste to produce biogas.

International Sustainability Resources and Technology Conference 2020

Understanding the importance of learning from international communities, as well as sharing knowledge, technology and experience, be’ah is hosting an international platform in February 2020. The International Sustainability Resources and Technology Conference (ISRTC) is a collaboration with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), a well-known global organisation and a specialist event organiser that organises the Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Conference (G-STIC). The event that is set to be held from 10 – 12 February 2020 at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Muscat, aims to increase cooperation between all stakeholders in waste management, environmental research, industry, particularly national institutions and international organisations.


Headquartered in Dubai, with curr ent operations across the Middle East and Africa, Averda provides a wide variety of top-quality services including street cleaning, municipal waste collection, recycling, waste treatment and disposal services, to both public and private clients. “Averda’s innate understanding of the Middle East region, together with an investment in cutting-edge technologies, has created one of the most dynamic and exciting companies in our fast-changing sector,” says Malek Sukkar, CEO, Averda. The company’s client base includes businesses in the construction, oil and gas, hospitality, catering, real estate and healthcare sectors, to name but a few. “Naturally, clients this diverse require very different approaches, which Averda is able to tailor after close examination of the specific needs of the client,” says Sukkar.

The company that is now Averda started as an engineering firm before moving into waste management some 30 years ago. “Since then, we have become recognised leaders in the region, constantly innovating to address the challenges of waste and resource management. The company has expanded into a bold global player with ambitious plans to grow its worldwide operations, including into Asia,” notes the CEO.

Averda’s engineering roots are evident in the pioneering technology embraced across the business to drive its sustainability, which include smart bins, sensors and dynamic route optimisation to reduce unnecessary driving. Its understanding of the specific challenges of the contexts where it works have led the company to collaborate with suppliers to develop equipment which can cope with local conditions, including the very high temperatures and fine sand which can cripple international-standard machinery.

This same technical expertise enables the company “to confidently handle those materials that cannot be recovered and need to be responsibly disposed of with extreme care for both human and environmental health,” states Sukkar. Averda also provides highly specialised hazardous waste disposal for both the medical and oil and gas sectors, operating to the highest international safety standards. The company is also responsible for managing the vital, sanitary disposal of animal carcasses across the Middle East, through a network of modern incinerators, able to cope with peaks in use through periods of religious festivities.

“Across the world, citizens, governments and business leaders are increasingly worried by impacts on the environment and Averda, with its clear focus on sustainability and the circular economy, is well placed to assist,” comments Sukkar. The company offers recycling solutions for many common recyclable waste types including e-scrap. This includes the installation and operation of a number of public recycling centres across the UAE, which are increasingly popular with residents.

Ultimately, it’s a company’s values that set it apart from its competitors. “While the ‘can do’ spirit has led Averda to take on challenging work that others might baulk at, we have also turned down work where our high safety and environmental standards would be compromised,” he explains. “Averda believes that a cleaner world means better lives. Millions of people waking up every day to tidy streets and empty bins can attest to the success of the company’s approach,” the CEO emphasises.

For more information or to arrange a consultation to discuss how Averda could meet your business needs, please visit www.averda.com.


Bee’ah, the Middle East’s fastest growing environmental management company, that was founded with the objective of creating a sustainable future, through creative and resourceful solutions. Since its inception, Bee’ah has pushed the boundaries of environmental innovation and crossed remarkable milestones, to become a force for change, across the region.

At the heart of Bee’ah’s operations is the commitment to merging sustainability and technology to provide solutions needed to improve the quality of life. This has been essential to their success. In addition, they have adopted a holistic approach focusing on waste-to-energy, educating and incentivising communities and sustainable transport to name a few areas. Through this approach, they are contributing to a circular economy which derives maximum value from their resources and caters to the entire life-cycle of waste.

Their leading performance in the sector is also based on their continuous exploration of new opportunities and innovations to improve and enhance operations such as their Waste Pro+ programme and eco-fleet. Not only are they working on improving their own sustainability measures, but they also support their clients, working with them to reduce their carbon footprint and raising awareness on sustainability issues.

The top achievements of 2019

The year 2019 has been a highly successful year for Bee’ah as we embrace new sustainable technologies to create a better quality of life. Bee’ah launched WastePro+, a revolutionary new digital platform and a complete end-to-end solution for waste management. The platform tracks waste from collection all the way to Bee’ah’s waste sorting facilities, optimising waste management and increasing operational efficiency.

Bee’ah also launched an Industrial Waste Water Treatment Plant this year, which is an industry-leading waste water treatment solution. The facility processes industrial and hazardous wastewater, returning it to the water cycle in an environmentally friendly way. Treating wastewater to be used for other purposes like irrigation also helps address water scarcity challenges in the UAE.

They have made immense progress in their transition to an eco-fleet, adding Ducati electric mobile waste collection units to serve Sharjah’s residential areas. The new vehicles are the first of their kind to be used in the UAE and their use is aligned with their strategy to make the entire fleet environmentally friendly. As par t of this strategy, they also introduced the first autonomous electric driven vacuum machine for street cleaning in the region this year, supporting the cleaning process and improving efficiency.

They also signed an agreement to power the new headquarters in Sharjah with solar energy. The plant will be developed and built by Masdar, with Tesla Powerpacks that enable them to power the headquar ters by night – taking a step closer to achieving LEED Platinum certification for the building. Starting construction on one of the first waste-to-energy plants in the region, has been another achievement, with a piling ceremony held earlier this year. Once complete, the plant will process 37.5 tonnes of municipal solid waste per hour and power up to 28,000 UAE homes.

The biggest highlight of 2019

While Bee’ah is incredibly proud of each of the milestones – their biggest highlight for 2019 has been an agreement with Microsoft Corp., Johnson Controls and Evoteq that will make the new Sharjah-based headquarters the first fully-integrated Artificial Intelligent office building in the MENA region, and one of the smartest in the world. The ‘Office of the Future’ underlines their ongoing digital transformation journey and embodies their approach to utilise the most sustainable solutions and advanced technologies. Some of the features of the building include; digital workspaces, smart back-office integration, smart lobby-visitor management, smart security, and cuttingedge AI features.

Vision for 2020

Bee’ah looks forward to launching their new headquarters, signaling the next phase of their growth journey. The ‘Office of the Future’ will play a leading role in the long-term strategy and vision. They will also be concentrating on regional expansion of their operations, bringing their unique offerings to entities across the Middle East and becoming a partner of choice in the sustainability sphere.

While working on geographical expansion, they will be diversifying their operations and venturing into additional sectors such as healthcare as part of their holistic approach to solving city problems and contributing to future-ready economies. Overall, 2020 will be an important year for Bee’ah as they also continue work on their key projects including Waste-to-Energy, research and innovation for new technologies to support the UAE’s sustainable growth, and also educating communities and residents on how to mitigate environmental impact.


A homegrown UAE brand with a legacy of 84 years, Dulsco has been at the forefront in promoting a culture of sustainability through an integrated approach that permeates every aspect of the organisation’s activities, says David Stockton, CEO & Managing Director at Dulsco. “Inspired by the leadership of the UAE to build a sustainable future, Dulsco provides People and Environment solutions to deliver on its vision of ‘assisting communities to thrive and prosper’ – which, in turn, is aligned with the goals of UAE Vision 2021 and the UAE Centennial Plan 2071 to ensure sustainable development while preserving the environment,” he adds.

Dulsco’s Environmental Solutions provide commercial and residential waste management systems to large communities and neighbourhoods, and cover hazardous waste, medical waste, construction and demolition waste, recycling, and material recovery. Across this, Dulsco adopts a circular economy model that is aimed at creating a new paradigm of waste management that views waste as a resource.

Key developments and achievements

Complementing the track-record of waste management and recycling projects undertaken by Dulsco, the company has recently launched two Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste recycling facilities based in Ajman and Umm Al Quwain that turn C&D waste from infrastructure projects into valuable, reusable building aggregate, in the process sparing the excavation of natural rock. The project enables an overall 95 per cent waste diversion from landfill.

This project followed on from Dulsco being selected by the UAE Ministry of Climate Change & Environment, supported by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, to set up C&D waste receiving and processing facilities in the Northern Emirates, says Stockton. “Dulsco’s C&D recycling operations is a vital initiative that contributes significantly to the UAE’s aim of reducing 75 percent of C&D waste away from landfill by 2021.”

The company’s strategic vision is led by the fundamental driver of sustainability, which has been the driving force of its focus on providing advanced waste management and recycling services to ensure the welfare of the community by promoting resource use efficiency, he comments. This is further reinforced by Dulsco’s role as the Official Waste Management Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, which is set to welcome 25 million visits over six months from October 2020, with Sustainability as one of the key pillars of the global event.

It is estimated that the waste generated by the enormous visitor footfall to Expo 2020 Dubai will include 48 per cent organic waste, 39 per cent mixed recyclables and 13 per cent landfill. Having set a target rate of 85 per cent diversion of waste away from landfill, Dulsco will implement innovative solutions to meet this goal. The company is currently building an on-site Central Waste Facility (CWF) that will serve as a transfer station for all the waste collected from Expo 2020 Dubai site, and a Waste2Resource facility which will include sorting lines with a processing capacity of 240 tonnes per day.

Through its support to delivering one of the most sustainable World Expos ever, the company’s strategic approach is also aligned with the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021 to divert 75 per cent of all municipal solid waste away from landfills by 2021. “To achieve its goals, Dulsco draws on its wealth of knowledge and experience in waste management, with its services based on the ‘4 Rs model: ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Repurpose’,” Stockton states.

Accordingly, organic waste will be treated into materials such as fertilisers; paper waste into pulp-moulded products (such as cup carriers, egg trays,and seed pots); plastic waste converted into products such as t-shirts and caps; and glass waste into products such as bowls, bottles, candle holders, serving trays and coasters. Manufactured by local SMEs, he says “these products will be reintroduced into the economy and the Expo 2020 Dubai site, for a renewed life cycle, thereby underpinning the focus of Dulsco to promote the circular economy.”

A report by Strategy& (part of the PwC network), which was presented at the World Government Summit 2019, highlights the importance of making the principles of circular economy central to the region. “Rapid economic development and population growth have placed great pressure on the prevalent linear economic model of ‘take, make, use, waste’,” states the report, leading to the generation of unprecedented waste and emissions.

“Dulsco’s strategic vision and proven action-plans take serious note of this concern and work to benefit the community through sustainable reuse of resources, with the company’s team of over 12,000 professionals in the region recovering more than 11,000 tonnes of recyclables annually,” says Stockton. This aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); in particular SDG 11 ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities’; SDG 12 ‘Responsible Consumption and Production’; SDG 13 ‘Climate Action’; SDG 14 ‘Life Below Water’; and SDG 15 ‘Life Below Land,’ with the organisation contributing significantly to environmental sustainability.

Through innovative approaches and the introduction of relevant technologies, “Dulsco is setting a model in waste management that can be effectively integrated into urban development and regeneration programmes, which will go a long way in helping achieve the leadership’s vision of a sustainable future for the well-being of the community,” he comments.


Latest developments

Since its inception, Imdaad has been at the forefront of the transformation of the regional facilities management (FM) industry. This leadership position has been achieved not only through their strong focus on introducing groundbreaking technologies, but also through their efforts to encourage a more responsible approach from the ground up by raising awareness on the importance of sustainability among our employees, clients and the communities they serve, says Jamal Abdulla Lootah, Group CEO at Imdaad.

“As a pioneer with more than 30 years of experience in the field of waste management, we are leveraging technological innovations and introducing best practices in sustainability that are instrumental in driving the development of the industry in the region,” he adds. These include the launch of ‘Sahal,’ a full waste-management system that simplifies and automates processes and service delivery, and the construction of FARZ, their state-of-the-art Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Jebel Ali.

FARZ, which will soon be operational, is one of the largest fully-automated MRFs in the region and has the capacity to process 1,200 tonnes of municipal, commercial, and industrial waste per day – equivalent to almost 13 percent of the total waste generated daily in Dubai. Imdaad collects more than 2,000 tonnes of waste every day for 2,500 customers of varying sizes. In the long term, the FARZ project seeks to close the recycling loop within Dubai through collaborations with recycling companies that need a regular supply of raw materials.

In terms of industry contribution, the company supports knowledge-sharing between waste management professionals and clients through participation in leading industry events such as the annual Waste & Recycling Summit. “We also promote education and awareness by inviting industry thought-leaders to share expertise on topics relevant to the sector through our highly successful Imdaad Work Series programme,” Lootah notes.

Key achievements

Despite challenging market conditions, Imdaad’s Environmental Services division has been able to achieve double-digit growth over the past year, and consolidated their market leadership by successfully winning prestigious new clients across the luxury hospitality, F&B, retail, residential, mixed-use development and financial services sectors.

“Imdaad enjoys one of the industry’s most impressive customer retention rates. The exceptionally high standard of our services is reflected in the fact that we have incurred no fines from clients on non-compliance of KPIs. Our efforts in continuously improving operational performance have resulted in a client satisfaction rate of 95 percent, contract renewal rate of 86 percent, and average client KPI achievements in excess of 95 percent,” the CEO comments. This year, the company received the ‘Above and Beyond’ award from TECOM for the exceptional services it has delivered for TECOM projects, and was also presented with a ‘Long-standing Partner’ from Deyaar.

“Underlining our position as a leading environmentally friendly organisation, we are the only waste management company in the UAE whose entire fleet of waste-compactor and recycling trucks runs on biofuel. We have installed a biofuel tank and refueling station at our facility in Jebel Ali to optimise the use of clean energy, in support of the goals of the UAE’s Energy Strategy 2050,” says Lootah.

Imdaad has also invested in an Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant (IWWTP) for collection, treatment, and disposal of oil and hazardous wastewater for Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) industries and ships at the port area. With a treatment capacity of 300m3/day, the treated effluent is reused as irrigation water in compliance with local and statutory standards. In addition, the company operates 14 wastewater treatment plants that service major communities such as Emirates Living and Dubai Gold and Diamond Park.

Meanwhile, the continuing success of Imdaad Al Batinah in Oman, the biggest privatisation project for waste management services in the region that encompasses an area of 14,300km2, highlights their agility and capacity for delivering tailor-made, specialised waste management solutions.

Focus areas and plan for 2020

“Imdaad continues to go from strength-to-strength, and the future is looking extremely positive. As a company that strives to contribute to the sustainable growth and development of the cities and communities we serve, we have placed sustainability at the heart of our business. Our short and long-term strategies are aligned to the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda and Dubai Plan 2021,” the CEO remarks. Accordingly, Imdaad has adopted sustainable operations and launched ambitious waste management and recycling solutions including the Sahal fleet management system, the FARZ material recovery facility, a biofuel station for their waste compactor trucks, an oily waste treatment plant, and the collection and recycling of used oil.

At a grassroots level, Imdaad has embarked on several projects designed to raise awareness on the importance of recycling among the general public. “This 360° approach to waste management positions Imdaad as a leader in its field, which is creating a powerful impact on the future of the nation by supporting the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021 and building a more sustainable tomorrow,” notes Lootah. “Innovation remains a cornerstone of our operations, which is why we have introduced a French-built GOUPIL electric pick-up vehicle inside JAFZ to collect all types of recyclable material.”

The pilot project forms part of their overall recycling strategy that involves providing the necessary containers and client-side infrastructure, collection by electric vehicles, and recycling through FARZ. This system is backed by awareness programmes with all of their clients to encourage them to take part and play a role in contributing to Imdaad’s drive for sustainability.


Latest developments

This year Aboura Metals celebrates over 70 years of operations across their regional offices in Jordan, UAE and Saudi Arabia, since their founder and late father Haj Hussein Aboura established the company, says Nasser Aboura, Managing Partner at Aboura Metals. “Throughout the decades we have been committed to serving the industry and maintaining a competitive level of operations to serve the requirements of our traders and clients both regionally and internationally, while staying true to our family business values, giving back to our communities and preserving the environment.” Most recently, they have undergone several expansions in terms of introducing new yards and facilities as well as adding new state of the art technology and machinery to the existing plants across their established operations. Today, the company has evolved to process and recycle not only scrap metals but plastic as well, which is at present the biggest environmental concern.

Key achievements

Their key achievements to date vary across different areas and platforms in both global and regional markets, says Aboura. They have been developing and investing in their facilities and existing projects, particularly in Jordan and Saudi Arabia, where they now have specialised operations in: Cable recycling, aluminum processing, state-of-the-art lead refinery factory in Jordan and most recent factory specialised in plastic recycling in KSA. Their operations are growing and expanding in the region through the continuous efforts of their managing partners and contributions of board members with a focus on delivery, quality, and continuity, he adds.

“Our recent shift of our head offices and the UAE operations to Jebel Ali Free Zone at the beginning of this year was the latest development running on track for the groups’ expansion plans in the region and most specifically in Dubai. This move provides us with several advantages and growth potential, due to the fact that the new yard and facility is situated within the free zone and few kilometers away from the Jebel Ali Port,” comments Aboura.

Last year Nasser Aboura was elected as President for the Bureau of Middle East Recycling after serving for many years on its board. The company is also represented at the Bureau of International Recycling through the Managing Director Ibrahim Aboura, who is serving as a board member on the Non-Ferrous board representing the Middle East. “Our community work in the region is continuing its growth following the vision set by our late founder Haj Hussein Aboura with a focus on educational programmes and healthcare centres,” says the Managing Partner.

Future plans

Although 2019 was one of the toughest years for our industry, the year 2020 brings a lot of hope and positive sentiment across the region as the first ever World Expo is to be held in our vibrant city of Dubai, he notes. The company is expecting to commence full operations at their new facility by the beginning of the year and “our focus areas would be to continue investing on quality of material handled, health and safety of personnel, environment impact, as well as machineries and equipment conditioning.

This would be an essential step to look ahead for the New Year for the group as a whole,” says Aboura, also adding that they aim to continue and grow their contributions toward the communities they work within as well as the environment through continuous development and improvements on their recycling operations and facilities. “We have been playing an essential role in many communities and a major business partner for numerous buyers and end users worldwide; and aim to work with a closer focus on all stakeholders as has been our plan for past decades and for the coming future.”


A pioneering player in recycling and waste management in the Middle East is brimming with confidence as it is consolidating its reputation with a service and expertise that the Group is well known for. The Group’s journey started way back in 1988 and it was kicked off in right earnest under the leadership of Mohammed Qaryan Al-Qahtani, the pioneer and architect of Al-Qaryan Group, says the company’s Vice Chairman and MD, Hamood Qaryan Al- Qahtani. “His vision was to establish a world-class company in metal recycling and waste management,” he adds.

Thirty years on, the journey continues with the same vigour and energy despite the continuous development and growth of the Group. “It is the same vision that is now equally shared and followed by over 1200 highly skilled and dedicated men and women at the Group who serve their customers and clients with quality product and services. They carry forward the trust built over three decades of values and expertise in the market with highest degree of sustainability.” Undoubtedly, the company is recognised as one of the best in the region with the reputation of having the highest standards in safety, health, environment, quality, costs, services and advanced operations through a highperformance team that is motivated and committed to excellence.

“Winning prestigious awards for quality products, services and contributions at various levels may not be new to the Saudi-based Al-Qaryan, but when the Group was honored late last year at MEWAR Awards as the Best Metal Recycling Company of the Year, it was a fitting testimony to the three decades of dedication and hard work in shouldering the responsibility of building a sustainable future for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its surrounding regions with best environmental practices with state-of-the-art technologies.” Al-Qaryan Group added yet another feather to its cap when it won the coveted Metal Recycling Company of the Year award at the prestigious MEWAR Awards 2019 for the second year running.

Building a sustainable future

The Group is committed to serving the region and maintaining a clean and healthy environment and meet the Kingdom’s ambitious environmental goals as per ‘Vision 2030’. It is steadfast t o ensure that the environment remains healthy and pristine for future generations and has established a Quality Management System as per ISO 9001:2015 standards. To keep up with the trends and times, the Group is also closely associated with leading world trade organisations like BIR, ISRI, CMRA, MRAI, BMR and GPCA.

Over the past 3 decades, the Group has successfully developed its strengths with the recycling of metals and industrial waste using the best available methodologies and latest technologies in collaboration with global partners for both ferrous and non-ferrous materials. The company leads by capitalising its complete know-how solutions from dismantling in-house to segregation, preparation, processing and transportation of finished products to the market locally and beyond.

Today, Al-Qaryan Group is one of the leading regional groups that adequately serve the market with semifinished and finished products with quality services that include recycling of ferrous and non-ferrous metals scrap, steel, copper, aluminum, brass, high temp. zinc and e-scrap etc. Over the years, the Group has also started producing steel billets, trade surplus steel pipes including plates, flanges and fittings. Al-Qaryan Group offers its customers various quality services that include end-to-end capability of recycling, such as, industrial services on site, transportation of industrial waste and all other logistics associated with it, heavy equipment supplies, freight forwarding services and demolishing and dismantling of industrial plants. All of these make the Group one of the most integrated groups for recycling in terms of the product offerings as well as services to the industrial sector from all its branches located across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

At present, many leading companies and brands in the Kingdom and neighbouring regions are its customers. Al-Qaryan Group believes that it is privileged to work with various Government agencies like Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu and some of the leading companies in the private sector like ARAMCO, SABIC, SAFCO, STC, SWCC, SEC, Chevron, Maaden, SADARA, SATORP, SASREF, SAMREF and Saudi Cement.


Aurubis AG is a leading global provider of non-ferrous metals and the largest copper recycler worldwide. The company processes complex metal concentrates, scrap metals, and metal-bearing recycling materials into metals of the highest quality. Its main area of expertise is the processing of concentrates and recycling raw materials with complex qualities. With its range of services, Aurubis is a forerunner in the industry and the group of companies is oriented towards growth, efficiency, and sustainability.

Latest developments and sustainable operations

The company produces more than 1 million t of copper cathodes annually, and from them a variety of copper products such as wire rod, continuous cast shapes, rolled products, and strip, as well as specialty wire and profiles made of copper and copper alloys, says Alexander Blazhev, Director Commercial Office, Commercial Department, Aurubis Bulgaria AD.

Precious metals, selenium, lead, nickel, and a number of other products such as sulfuric acid and iron silicate also belong to the product portfolio. Aurubis has about 6,700 employees, production sites in Europe and the US, and an extensive service and distribution system in Europe, Asia, and North America. Recycling copper scrap, alloy scrap and other recycling materials is a central business activity in copper production at the company. A number of precious metal-bearing raw materials are also processed, including electronic scrap in various qualities and dimensions.

Europe has a high copper demand but limited natural resources. Metal recycling opens up the metal reserves found in products and therefore makes a considerable contribution to the supply of copper and other metals. “Aurubis efficiently processes a variety of recycling raw materials and recovers the individual metals in an environmentally sound manner that conserves resources with state-of-the-art recycling technologies. About 700,000 t of recycling raw materials of varying qualities and compositions are processed annually in our facilities,” notes Blazhev.

The company fabricates products made of recycling materials at several of its sites. The Group’s largest recycling plant is the Aurubis recycling centre in Lünen (Germany), where only secondary raw materials are used as input to produce cathodes. Aurubis Hamburg (Germany) processes a mix of copper concentrates and recycling materials in the primary smelting process. Copper scrap is primarily used at Aurubis Belgium in Olen and Aurubis Bulgaria in Pirdop.

“Recycling at Aurubis starts with a reliable acceptance and assessment of the material, which includes precise chemical analysis, preparation and pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical processing. It ends with the fabrication of high-quality products,” Blazhev says. There are high standards for recycling electronic devices due to the complex device structures and material compositions. The company provides comprehensive solutions for producers and importers of electrical and electronic appliances and for specialised recycling companies. “We recover copper and precious metals from the delivered electrical and electronic scrap with environmentally sound methods. Our business relationships include both strategic partnerships with extensive contract packages and individual contracts for precious metalbearing raw materials,” he remarks.

Contribution to MEA market

Aurubis’ main contribution to the MEA market “is providing a strong, reliable and stable outlet of all kinds of copper bearing materials to Europe.” As a market leader, the company assures big capacity to serve the needs of the local recyclers and traders. Aurubis is very systematic in purchasing and is always looking for longterm partnerships with its business partners, “being a very reputable and loyal partner, which assures confidence and security of their supplier’s cash flows,” Blazhev comments.

Throughout the recent years the company has managed to establish a stable footprint in the MEA region, as a major player on the market for copper scrap and alloys. Aurubis has expanded its supplier network and diversified its purchase portfolio beyond regular scrap material – e-scrap and components, copper mill scales and sweepings, slags and precious metals containing scraps and residues.

Focus areas and plan for 2020

The major focus in the coming year is to increase further the share in the MEA market, when it comes to copper scrap, granules and alloys, says Blazhev, adding that they will also focus more on electronic scrap – mainly middle and high grade, as well as precious metals bearing materials, slags and residues from local producers.

The company differs from the market by providing stable and regular solutions for materials which are difficult to sell, by providing a variety of options, Blazhev states. A central piece of this will be the introduction of the ‘close the loop’ concept with local copper producers by selling them copper products and taking back their industrial wastes including copper sludge, residues and slags.