Enviroserve launches world’s largest e-waste plant in Dubai Industrial Park

Enviroserve launches world’s largest e-waste plant in Dubai Industrial Park
Published: 21 March 2019 - 8:30 a.m.
By: Nikhil Pereira

Enviroserve took the wraps of its AED120m e-waste processioning plant in Dubai Industrial Park under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Mabarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance.

The 280,000 ft2 e-waste recycling plant is the world’s largest integrated facility that processes WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), IT asset disposition (ITAD), refrigerant gas, and specialised waste.

The facility features Swiss technology that surpasses strict EU standards for e-waste recycling and will accept all types of end-of-life electric and electronic equipment.

The Recycling Hub has a processing capacity of 100,000 tonnes of total integrated waste per year, of which 39,000 tonnes is e-waste.

The facility can process the entire range of WEEE from consumer and industrial to commercial and military.

These include air conditioners, batteries, computers, household appliances, mobile phones, and even military avionics, to name a few.

The integrated facility will also recycle specialised waste material such as aerosol cans, light bulbs, and FMCG products, and is currently the only dedicated refrigerant gas reclaim facility in the UAE.

The recycling facility’s mechanical separation process is chemical-free with industrial air filtration, allowing for a 96% recovery rate with zero air and liquid emissions. To put things into perspective, this means 38,000,000 kilograms of e-waste will be kept out landfills each year.

Saud Abu Al-Shawareb, managing director at Dubai Industrial Park said: “The launch of The Recycling Hub at Dubai Industrial Park is a reflection of the UAE’s journey towards becoming a global platform that attracts innovative businesses and a successful model of the new green economy. We take pride in our partnership with Enviroserve, a key milestone in our mission to contribute to the development of an advanced industrial sector in the UAE that is focused on innovation and sustainable technology, and we look forward to the far-reaching positive impact that will extend to several regions in the world right from the heart of Dubai.”

The AED120 million project is backed by the Swiss Government Export Finance Agency and represents one of the largest foreign direct investments in the field of environmental management to date in the UAE. Enviroserve’s green recycling facility based in Dubai Industrial Park will service international e-waste recycling efforts across Africa, Middle East and Caucasus.

Stuart Fleming, group CEO of Enviroseve said: “Utilising innovative green technology in this facility, we are confident this will be a true game-changer in electronic and specialised waste recycling for the UAE and the wider Middle East, Africa and Caucasus region.”

Enviroserve has already begun processing electronic waste for its partner Epson. During The Recycling Hub’s launch, Enviroserve announced its partnership with Nespresso to recycle all of the coffee giant’s aluminium capsules and machines in the UAE. Also during the launch event, the company announced a regional partnership with Lenovo for recycling and refurbish the latter’s electronic products.

Currently 50 million tonnes of electronic and electrical waste is produced globally, of which only 20% is formally recycled. According to a UN-sponsored project finding, the average UAE resident generates 17.2 kilograms of e-waste every year, most of which contains harmful toxins, such as arsenic, cadmium and mercury.

The launch was attended by Sheikh Mohammed bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, His Excellency Engineer Saif Mohamed AlShara, Assistant Undersecretary for the Sustainable Communities Sector at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Abdulla Belhoul, chief commercial officer of Tecom Group, and Saud Abu Al-Shawareb, managing director of Dubai Industrial Park.

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