The Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Eastern Province Municipality this week to conduct research on implementing recycling technology.
The plan aims to convert waste into power.
The agreement was signed by the Eastern Province Mayor Fahd Al-Jubeir, and CEO of the electricity company Ziad Al-Shiha.
Muhammad Al-Omani, director of Hygiene Management at the Eastern Province Municipality, said: "The agreement includes preparing a specialized study on the region's waste, as also studying best practice methods for converting waste into power."
This is in addition to "developing partnership on both sides with investors in the field of energy production," Al-Omani said.
The director said the new initiative aims at reducing the amount of waste that is transmitted to the landfills.
"This will also go a long way in creating and increasing income sources and reducing expenses to keep up with the Kingdom's Vision for 2030," Al-Omani said.
The municipality and the electricity company have both expressed their desire to enter into a non-exclusive partnership to conduct applied studies in the field of waste-to-energy techniques at the municipality's centers in the Eastern Province, he said.
"This will meet the interests of both the parties through joint cooperation in the future based on the results of the study, according to Al-Omani.