A British sustainability consultancy has been appointed to deliver an integrated waste management strategy and implementation plans for Riyadh.
Ricardo-AEA was awarded the 18-month contract by ArRiyadh Development Authority to set Riyadh’s waste policies for the next two decades.
The Saudi Arabian capital, which is home to one-fifth of the country’s population, produces approximately 8m tonnes of waste per year from municipal, commercial, industrial, and construction sources.
The population of Riyadh is expected to double to around 8.3 million by 2030 and the city’s metropolitan area is being rapidly developed, which presents major environmental challenges, according to Ricardo-AEA.
According to Ricardo-AEA, existing waste management infrastructure is basic with open landfill facilities estimated to reach capacity in around six or seven years. Problems include illegal disposal and limited success with enforcement.
Ricardo-AEA said its strategy would reduce the risk of adverse impacts of waste generation within the city through waste prevention, re-use and recycling. It will also create economic opportunities with materials re-use and energy recovery.
Resource efficiency and waste management practice director Dr Adam Read said: “We we aim to deliver the strategic support that will help to establish Riyadh firmly at the forefront of waste management best practice within the Middle East.”