Ras Al Khaimah Waste Management Agency has just reopened its upgraded Material Recovery Facility (MRF). The plant that has been operational since 2003, has been revamped with a semi-automatic line and has been designed to handle 400 tonnes of municipal solid waste per day. The Public Services Department developed the project in line with the UAE’s national objectives of diverting 75 percent of waste from landfill by 2020.

The plant was inaugurated by the UAE Minister of Climate Change & Environment, H.E. Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zayoudi in the presence of Engineer Ahmed Al Hammadi, the director general of the Public Services Department and Eng. Sonia Nasser, Executive Director, Ras Al Khaimah Waste Management Agency. Other executive directors of agencies and departments and sections in the Ras Al Khaimah PSD were also present.

The environment minister declared open the facility and applauded Ras Al Kahimah Waste management Agency, Public Services Department, for opening the new plant. “Their efforts are key in supporting integrated and sustainable waste management practices in the emirate and across the UAE,” he said.

The upgraded facility with a semi-automatic line includes a trommel, bag opener, magnets and an Eddy Current and their sort rate has gone up from 5 percent to 13 percent, said Eng. Sonia Nasser. They have opened a whole new administrative facility as well, with lockers, showers, kitchen and all necessary amenities for about 95 staff working at the facility. The Janet Hartenberg outreach centre has also been added, she said, emphasising the need for education “to get people to understand that waste is just materials in the wrong place and children are very receptive to sorting at home and understanding the need for a circular economy.”

Al Hammadi said the increase in the amount of scrap recycled this year confirms the success of Ras Al Khaimah Waste Management Agency’s plans. The new plant is expected to help increase the volume of recycled materials by 20 percent, while reducing the amount of waste diverted to landfills.