Around 1.6 million people worldwide are active in the recycling industry.
Together, they handle more than 600 million tonnes of recyclables every year, with a total annual turnover of more than $200 billion. About 10% of this amount is spent on new technologies, research and development that contribute to creating high-skilled jobs and making recycling more efficient and environmentally efficient.
What about Saudi Arabia?
- With population of around 29 million, Saudi Arabia generates more than 15 million tons of solid waste per year.
- The per capita waste generation is estimated at 1.5 to 1.8 kg per person per day.
- Solid waste generation in the three largest cities – Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam – exceeds 6 million tons per annum.
- Most of Saudi’s recycled materials include papers, metals and plastics extracted from municipal waste.
Saudi Arabia is taking positive steps towards waste management by enforcing greener laws and encouraging good behavior. The government has worked on setting up sorting stations at the landfills to try to retrieve items and providing recycling bins around the country for people to dispose of items such as plastic, glass and paper.
There are a variety of recycling businesses in the Kingdom that are involved in specialized collections of waste products of different categories.
We urge you to play your part in reducing, reusing, and recycling.Our hats go off to companies that can manage to do business and provide a service to the community or the environment.
1. WASCO (Waste Collection and Recycling Co. Ltd.):
About: A leading integrated recycling and waste management company that was started in 2004. They collect over 400,000 tons per year. It is the largest waste collection and sorting company in the Middle East with over 20 collection centers around the Middle East and over 300 collection vehicles. They are on call 24/7.
About: Also one of the largest wholesalers and processors of recyclable products in the Kingdom. The company consists of three operating divisions: Nesma Metals Scrap, Nesma Waste Paper, and Nesma Plastic Recycling. Each operation buys the recyclable item from industrial manufacturers, processes it by crushing, melting etc to be produced and sold to customers. It’s also a member of Bureau International Recycling.
Tel: +966 12 6581188, +966 12 6589053, +966 12 6589588
Branches: Waste Paper Factory: +966 12 6378462
Plastic Factory: +966 12 6081430
Plastic Yard I: +966 12 6369059
Metal Yard III: +966 12 2687442
3. Al-Qaryan Group:
About: A leading company in metal trading, processing and recycling that began in 1988.
About: Trewind was established to tackle the recycling crisis in the Kingdom. It’s a primer in recycling beverage cartons. Trewind aims to work towards a greener country as well as working on campaigns to bring awareness to the population. It also aims to produce eco-friendly products and materials.
Recycling bins available at stores including:
Hyper Panda – Malik Road, Al Rawdah, Al Safa branches
Mwakib Al Ajr Location
5. MEPI (Middle East Plastic Industries):
About: MEPI provides plastic recycling and waste management services to local authorities and businesses throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia established in 1998. Their process includes collecting it at the landfills or commercial premises, processing and recovering materials, treating, and finally carefully disposing of the remains. They also supply all types of recycled plastic raw materials to the Middle East, the Far East and the European markets. The company can be contacted for both selling and buying plastic products.
Tel: +966 12 6081926