Abu Dhabi-based Alliances for Global Sustainability (AGS) has announced a long-term partnership with Veolia, a leading provider of water, waste and energy management solutions, to establish the most advanced food-grade polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling plant in the GCC region.
The plant, which is being backed by a number of entities including Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, Tadweer and Kizad, will have a capacity to produce 14,000 tonnes of PET using advanced sorting technologies, coupled with a high-performance washing line.
The project will fully integrate Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s ambitious waste management strategy, which aims to divert waste from landfill, enhance recycling, and promote a circular economy. To close the loop, the new recycling plant will be located in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad).
It will also boast a state-of-the-art extrusion process for sorting, shredding and washing the PET, before it is melted into regenerated raw material that can be used for F&B packaging.
The recycling plant will boost Abu Dhabi’s circular economy while providing innovative solutions to the global sustainability sector.
Founder and CEO Sheikha Shamma bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan said through the development of this innovative facility, AGS aims to help consolidate Abu Dhabi’s position as a leader within the sustainability sector, while also further enabling a circular economy and encouraging habitual recycling.
"The economic impact of developing and operating this facility will be realised through both job creation and further opportunities in the emirate’s waste management sector. The results of this will showcase lucrative investment opportunities in Abu Dhabi to global markets," he noted.
"Aligning with Abu Dhabi’s Environment Vision, the UAE’s Green Agenda and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, this state-of-the-art facility will support sustainable development not only here in Abu Dhabi but throughout the UAE and GCC," she added.