Abu Dhabi invests in material recovery facility

Tadweer Group closes bidding for reprocessing plant set to play a crucial role in diverting emirate’s waste from landfill

Sustainable waste management specialist Tadweer has announced that bidding has now closed for the planned development of Abu Dhabi’s first greenfield Material Recovery Facility (MRF).

The state-of-the-art facility will recover recyclable materials derived from municipal solid waste, significantly maximising the diversion of waste from landfills through recycling and preparing feedstock for the Abu Dhabi Waste to Energy facility. This will help promote a ‘circular economy’ and supports Tadweer Group’s wider ambition of diverting 80% of Abu Dhabi’s waste away from landfill by 2030, the firm said.

The long-term objectives for the facility include providing feedstock for other waste conversion processes and products, such as waste to Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

Tadweer Group Managing Director and CEO, Ali Al Dhaheri noted, “As we continue to revolutionise waste management in Abu Dhabi, we’re delighted to share this important milestone. A key part of our circular cluster, the development of the greenfield Material Recovery Facility is clear progress for the emirate. This aligns with our strategic vision to harness technology to extend the lifetime of recyclable materials for a sustainable future. The facility will also directly contribute to our long-term ambitions of waste conversion, as we take steps forward to achieve a circular economy, echoing the pillars of the UAE’s Net Zero agenda.”

The facility will also serve to promote local and foreign private sector investment and create employment and training opportunities for UAE nationals.

The expected capacity will be 1.3m metric tonnes per year. Additionally, the facility will cover an area of over 90,000sqm, making it one of the largest MRFs in the region, and will be located within the Al Mafraq Industrial area, 36km from the centre of Abu Dhabi.


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