Monday, 04 February 2008
By Adel Al-Malki
The mayor of Jeddah, Adel Faqih, inaugurated a new garbage dump which will preserve the environment and have the least possible impact on Jeddah and its population, municipal sources said Sunday. Faqih said that the new garbage dump, located 45 km from the Briman bridge and to be ringed by a 9.5-kilometer reinforced concrete wall, will be larger than any dump created before in Jeddah.
"The new garbage dump will be large enough to span the wingspan of 44 jumbo jets and will be able to accommodate 25 million cubic meters of waste," Faqeeh said.
It will be able to produce fertilizer from wood, livestock and oil waste.
The new dump was built to the standards of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, which include placing a layer of clay between levels of garbage to ensure nothing can escape into the ground below. It will feature a gas production facility designed to function for 30 years.
The dump's operational cost of roughly SR5 per square meter daily, will be financed by recycling processes.