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Global expansion continues with new Dubai location / Aim to buy recycled plastic resins from GCC

Global expansion continues with new Dubai location / Aim to buy recycled plastic resins from GCCBeril Yesilirmak is Vanden?s business development manager for Dubai (Photo: Vanden Recycling)UK plastics recycling company Vanden Recycling (Lisburn; www.vandenrecycling.com), part of Vanden Group (Hong Kong; www.vandenrecycling.com) with further offices in Australia, Finland, Malaysia and Taiwan, said it has opened a new office in Dubai to explore valuable opportunities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). GCC is a political and economic union consisting of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Vanden?s business development manager Beril Yesilirmak said she would focus on developing the procurement of recycled plastic resins from GCC markets to be sold to Asia, Europe and Turkey. The UK recycler said Saudi Arabia and UAE are among the world?s largest waste producers, but recycling rates there are low. As a result, the two governments had announced initiatives that would see the countries reach a diversion rate of 75% by 2021. This rate represents how much waste is diverted from incineration or landfills.
The UK company sees its extensive knowledge on polymers, markets and processes helping UAE and the GCC region scale up recycling infrastructure in a short period of time. The current recycling rate in the region is estimated at less than 10%. Environment advocacy group EcoMENA (Doha / Qatar; www.ecomena.org) said Saudi Arabia generates some 15m t/y of waste, of which 5-17% are plastics.
In order to fast-track the recycling efforts in the region, Vanden said there is an urgent need to set up sustainable recovery systems and implement a structured approach. It aims to bring reliable solutions, enhance the current recycling approach and support efforts to create a circular economy.25.11.2019 Plasteurope.com [243956-0]

Publication date: 25/11/2019

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