Saudi Arabia will recycle 95% of its landfills during 2035: SIRC CEO

Could create 77,000 new jobs

  
Waste collectors look for recyclable materials at a landfill site, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in New Delhi, India, July 22, 2020. Image for illustrative purposes. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Waste collectors look for recyclable materials at a landfill site, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in New Delhi, India, July 22, 2020. Image for illustrative purposes. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

CAIRO: Saudi Arabia’s goal to move away from landfills is in line with its larger mission to create a circular economy, which could create 77,000 new jobs and contribute SR120 billion ($40 billion) to the economy.

The chief executive officer of Saudi Investment Recycling Co., Ziad Al-Shiha, made the statement on the sidelines of the Green Saudi Initiative in Riyadh.

"Saudi Arabia will recycle 95 percent of its landfills during 2035, compared to about the current 5 percent — a complete shift that will have positive effects on the environment and the economy," SIRC CEO said.

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