A project which aims to recycle discarded electronics will be implemented soon in UAE by Bee’ah; the implementing company is collaborating with Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (S.I.D.A.) and Gulf Islamic Investments to build the project.
The first centre to recycle electronics waste will be built in Sharjah, and its operator hopes to open more around the country.
The UAE produces one of the region’s biggest amounts of electronics waste. Chemicals from circuit’s boards can penetrate into the soil and find their way to groundwater polluting food for which the water is used to grow.
Older devices become obsolete due to the constant technological advancements at an ever-increasing rate, therefore there is a need for recycling to prevent pollution.
According to Mr. Khaled Al Huraimel, chief executive of Bee’ah, Sharjah’s environmental and waste management company and the plant’s operator, the need for computer and electronic recycling is higher than ever before and will only continue to rise.
Recycling e-waste is profitable as motherboards and circuitry use precious metals such as gold, silver and palladium which can be extracted and sold.
The company intends to construct up to eight recycling centres over next three years, with an investment of about US$200 million.
Recent statistics report that each year the average UAE resident generates 17.2 kilograms of e-waste, Kuwait create the same amount while Bahrain approximately 16,4 kg per year which holds toxins such as arsenic, cadmium and mercury.
E-waste generation in the GCC was estimated to be 600,000 tonnes in 2015, which is expected to reach 900,000 tonnes in 2020.
Before, the UAE had companies that would collect e-waste and send it abroad to plants in places such as Singapore.
According to Mr. Gupta chief executive of Attero Recycling India, which will set up the plants, security concerns were also addressed by recycling e-waste.
In particular data security concerns, where electronic data lands in the wrong hands and leads to unpredictable, long-term liabilities for corporate entities.
The project will cover the entire process, from collection to on-site precious metal extraction. A completion date has yet to be announced.