Agreement will see UK architecture giant create masterplan for Sharjah site once city reaches zero waste to landfill target
Bee’ah, the UAE-based environmental energy and waste management company, has signed an agreement to redevelop Sharjah’s principal landfill site.
The deal will see Foster + Partners, the UK-based architecture and design practice, create a masterplan for the redevelopment at Bee’ah’s own Waste Management Centre.
The centre is located in the Al Saj’ah district of Sharjah and houses recovery and recycling facilities that are among the largest in the world. Additional facilities will be added to further recycle the received material, a statement said.
It added that Foster + Partners’ plans are being drawn up in anticipation of Bee’ah’s landfill site becoming redundant, which will happen once the city reaches its ‘zero waste to landfill’ target in 2020.
The existing landfill site, situated on a plot adjacent to the company’s headquarters, will be transformed in a project which, while yet to be publicly announced, will reflect Bee’ah’s vision of a world in which clean energy is generated sustainably and utilised both sparingly and efficiently by employing innovative technology.
Salim Al Owais, chairman of Bee’ah, said: “The agreement is a clear demonstration of how we do not consider it sufficient simply to meet our zero waste to landfill target.
"We seek to go further by redeveloping the location in order to show others just how, having transformed their waste management practices, they too can utilise former landfill sites in an environmentally sustainable way, adding value to them for the benefit of their economy.”
The prospect of Sharjah reaching its historic zero waste to landfill target has been brought much closer through the recent groundbreaking for a waste-to-energy plant which is now under construction at the Waste Management Centre.
That project, being implemented by the Bee’ah and Masdar JV Emirates Waste to Energy Company (EWEC), is the first of a number of similar facilities planned for construction in the region by Bee’ah.
Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee’ah, added: “The masterplan which will be developed by Foster + Partners will come to fruition as a direct result of Sharjah vigorously pursuing its target of becoming the first city in the Middle East to send zero waste to landfill. We are proud of the part we are playing in the creation of a sustainable and circular economy in Sharjah that has resource efficiency and environmental responsibility at its heart."