SR 7.8 bn cleaning projects under way

SR 7.8 bn cleaning projects under way
Updated 09 July 2013

SR 7.8 bn cleaning projects under way

SR 7.8 bn cleaning projects under way

An overall sum of SR 7.8 billion has been allocated over the years for various cleaning projects, including hygienic waste burials tailored according to set technical standards to avoid the risks associated with environmental pollution, according to a report released by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.
The report, highlighting the cleaning projects being implemented in all parts of the Kingdom, said the number of projects awarded during the current Hijri year stood at more than 100 including 18 projects for the management and operation of waste burials at the cost of SR 294 million and another 9 projects for supervision and consultancy services at SR 138 million.
The cost of cleaning projects is increasing at the rate of 5-8 percent per year due to the construction boom, population growth, city expansions in addition to the increased development in the industrial and commercial sectors, which brought quantities of municipal waste to nearly 13 million tons of different kinds of waste, the report said.
Per capita production of municipal waste in the Kingdom exceeds 1.3 kilogram on a daily basis while the number of beneficiaries from hygiene projects Kingdom-wide is more than 22.3 million people, the report said.
The ministry is committed to ensuring global standards regarding municipal waste and burial sites, which have been set up in all parts of the Kingdom in accordance with environmental requirements for the safe disposal of waste, taking into consideration weather conditions of the Kingdom, it said.
According to the report, the ministry prepared a comprehensive database for burial sites and means of operation in a bid to avoid the existence of multiple and random waste processing burials that might distort the land and surrounding environment.
The value of cleaning contracts, whose terms sometimes extend five years, is exceeding more than SR 1.68 billion every year and are normally subject to unified specifications and conditions approved by the concerned departments to implement clean projects, including waste disposal, the report said.