RIYADH — A landmark initiative launched Sunday in Riyadh aims to recycle 47% of construction and demolition waste by 2035, and 81% of annually produced municipal solid waste in Riyadh. The action plan is part of Saudi Vision 2030 goals to preserve and protect the environment and achieve environmental sustainability by improving recycling rates.

The National Waste Management Center, the Riyadh Municipality and the Saudi Investment Recycling Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund, signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) to start integrated waste management and waste recycling activities in Riyadh.

Under the MoU, the three parties will jointly work on the execution of the overall waste management strategy for Riyadh in order to achieve a set of strategic objectives for recycling for Riyadh by 2035. This notably includes the recycling of 81 per cent of the 3.4 million tons of annually produced municipal solid waste and 47 per cent of the approximately five million tons of construction and demolition waste per year. The strategy further aims to the removal and recycling of an estimated 20 million tons of construction and demolition waste that is currently lying in vacant plots and on roadsides around the capital.