Saudi Arabia´s annual garbage production has reached 12 million tons, with each citizen producing an average of 1.4 kilograms of waste per day. The Kingdom´s rapid industrialization and urbanization as well as numerous construction works have pushed pollution and waste to alarming levels, thus intensifying the need for more effective and advanced recycling and waste management solutions.
The Saudi Government has in fact been investing heavily in various waste management strategies. In 2008, it allocated SAR17 billion for municipal services, including water drainage and waste disposal, and SAR28.5 billion for water, agriculture and infrastructure, a large amount of which was spent on sanitation services.
Khalid Daou, Project Manager of Recycling and Waste Management Saudi Arabia at Riyadh Exhibitions Company, said: "Waste comes in various forms, from different sectors of the economy, and with unique effects on human wellbeing and the environment. Different waste scenarios require different solutions, which is why government and other concerned parties need to be aware of the various approaches available for waste control.