Cleantech: The world’s largest e-waste recycling plant in Dubai offers opportunities for Swiss SMEs

The piles of electronic wastes across the world have gone to all-time high records, creating a need for more e-waste recycling plants. In general, electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world. An extensive amount of waste ends up in landfill sites across the Middle East.

The average UAE resident produces 17.2 kg of e-waste annually.
The average UAE resident produces 17.2 kg of e-waste annually.

In the United Arab Emirates, a company initiated the construction of a facility at Dubai Industrial Park, after a UN-sponsored research project stated that the average UAE resident produces 17.2 kg of e-waste annually, amounting to one of the region’s leading average production in electronic waste.

Facility to process 39,000 tonnes of electronic waste per year

Backed by the Swiss Government Export Finance Agency (SERV) and with the use of Swiss technology at its core, the Dh120-million project represents one of the largest foreign direct investments in the field of environmental management in the UAE. 

Operations recently started in 2018, with phase one comprising state-of-the-art equipment being capable to process 39,000 tonnes of electronic waste annually. The facility of 21’000 m² will serve as the region's largest center of expertise for electronic waste management and recycles electronics and specialized wastes. 

It is set to recycle all sorts of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment, ranging from consumer and industrial to commercial and military appliances. It will recycle electronics used by consumers as well as industrial appliances, including specialised waste such as aerosol cans and light bulbs. That includes air-conditioners, batteries, IT equipment, household appliances, and mobile phones. The center will also be the only dedicated refrigerant reclaim facility in the UAE.

No chemicals or water involved in the recycling process

The new facilities will recycle only through granulation processes which means that no chemicals or water is involved in this process. The dust that comes of this process will also be captured and processed. The plant will also be completely solar-powered with photovoltaic panels installed throughout the building. 

Abdulla Belhoul, the CEO of Dubai Wholesale City, commented: "At Dubai Industrial Park, we strongly support environment-friendly solutions as part of our strategic commitment to promoting sustainable manufacturing and socially responsible practices. We are confident the project will spearhead the development of a sustainable electronic waste management market in the region."

Enviroserve, founded in 2004 by Stuart Fleming and Brian Wilke will be at the forefront of recent developments. Stuart Fleming, Group CEO of Enviroserve UAE, is pleased to be part of such a project: “Our new integrated recycling plant will be a true game-changer in electronic and specialised waste recycling for Dubai and the wider Middle East region. Utilizing best-in-class technology, the iconic facility will elevate the sustainability movement in the region,” he said. “At a higher cost, we’re using Swiss technology that will basically treat e-waste with zero to air and zero to landfill cost.”
Enviroserve is ISO and OSHA certified and pioneered Electronic Waste Recycling in UAE and Middle East as well as dedicated Refrigerant Gas Reclaim Services in UAE. With its Swiss technology, it surpasses EU standards and is the globally largest multi-purpose, integrated electronic, specialised and refrigerant reclaim recycling facility.

Business opportunities for Swiss SMEs in the fields of waste treatment and recycling

Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) would like to point out concrete business opportunities for companies specializing in waste and recycling technologies and will offer round tables and events across Switzerland in the months to come. Later in the year, S-GE will organize a fact finding mission to the Middle East, offering Swiss exporters to learn about upcoming projects and meet potential partners and clients. Are you interested in joining these activities? Don’t hestitate to contact Patrick Bertschi, Project Manager Cleantech at Switzerland Global Enterprise.

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