Sunday, 15 July 2007
By Adel Al-Malki
Saudi Arabia will have the Middle East's largest recycling plant to dispose of the hazardous waste.
The $40 million plant to be set up in Rabegh at an area of 62,500 square meters will also recycle caustic soda used in oil refineries and natural gas processing plants. The contract to design and set up the plant was signed between the Meteorological and Environmental Protection Administration (MEPA) and a US-based company.
The objective of this project is to eliminate hazardous waste and preserve the environment, said Tareq Ba-Bteen, the general manager of Saudi company for environment works.
Hazardous waste presents immediate or long-term risks to humans, animals, plants, or the environment. It requires special handling for detoxification or safe disposal.
Industry is not the only source of hazardous waste. There is hazardous household waste as well. They are automotive products, such as gasoline, antifreeze, and batteries oil-based paints and thinners, pool chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, and other garden products, household cleaning products.