Waste and recycling firm Averda has been awarded a contract to work on the next phase of the Red Sea Development in Saudi Arabia. The firm has spent two years providing end-to-end, sustainable waste management services to The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) for the initial construction phase of the project and, following successful delivery, has been awarded an additional contract for the next phase, said a statement.
As per the terms of the contract – signed with SepcoIII – Averda will provide an integrated waste management facility for the Red Sea site, which will have the capacity to sustainably treat waste from residents, employees and visitors. Averda will also be responsible for providing equipment and waste collection vehicles to operate on land and sea across the whole site, the statement explained.
“We are delighted to be continuing work on this state-of-the-art development. The Red Sea’s commitment to sustainability matches our own and gives Averda the opportunity to push the boundaries and deliver excellent results for both our clients and the environment,” said Averda chief growth officer Mazen Chebaklo.
Sustainability and regeneration are said to be the key principles underpinning this development, with every care taken to ensure all forms of waste are reduced, recycled, and recovered. Averda will include a new automated Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), a novel incinerator and a composting system, as part of the new contract.
During the initial construction phase, Averda’s waste management services also included the large-scale recycling of all building, construction and demolition waste, as well as municipal waste. In the next phase, during which guests will start to enjoy the facilities, the focus will shift to reducing and recovering household and general waste whilst maintaining the policy of ‘zero waste to landfill’, the statement said.
The statement said that the commitment to sustainability is reflected in the choice of electric vehicles to be used for waste collection and transportation at the Red Sea. These include an electric refuse collection truck (in place of traditional diesel-fueled vehicle), electric tippers and even an electric boat to service the islands which form part of this coastal development. The electricity used to power this electric fleet will be generated by solar panels.