“Sky News Arabia” had a tour inside the “Sindoub Factory for Recycling Environmental Waste”, which is the largest in the Middle East on an area of nearly 20 acres, implemented by the Arab Organization for Industrialization.
From inside the factory, Abdo Mohamedin, director of the factory and general manager of Environmental Affairs and Solid Waste in Dakahlia Governorate, says: “We in the governorate have very great interests in environmental work and preservation, as we sought to develop the solid waste system on a number of axes, the first of which is the development of the infrastructure of the system.” .
Muhammadin continued, in his interview with “Sky News Arabia”, that: “The second axis that has been worked on is institutional support and capacity-building for the system’s workers, while the third and final axis came to the legislative axis of Law 202 of 2020”.
He noted, “We have started implementing an ambitious plan to develop the system by establishing new factories and developing dilapidated old factories, as the factories were unable to absorb the waste capacity.”
The factory has two manure purification units and an air separation unit, as well as two sorting lines with German-Dutch technology with a capacity of 1200 tons per day.
And the factory manager continued: “We have turned threats into opportunities, by developing a number of upcoming and dilapidated factories, such as the Aja Factory, which has been converted to receive 800 tons per day instead of 300 tons, and the Sinbillawin Factory, which can receive 600 tons per day instead of 210 tons in past, and a number of other factories.”
“There was a plan to establish new factories with the latest technology in the world. We started that in the Sandob area, where there was a large waste dump and it had very negative environmental impacts,” Mohamadin said.
Historic number of waste
The factory land was a random dump for 22 years, before the waste in it was removed, which reached a historical figure of 845,000 tons.
The Director General of Environmental Affairs and Solid Waste in Dakahlia Governorate stated: “A landfill was built to receive treatment and recycling rejected work on an area of 50 acres in accordance with environmental requirements and the latest existing technology in terms of insulation layers, in order to complete the treatment and safe disposal system.”
He explained: “We are seeking in the coming period to introduce a system (residential waste collection), so that the street is prevented from being used as an intermediary, and there is no waste in it, by contracting with a specialized company to collect waste from residential apartments, and that the street should not be an intermediary so that everyone feels the difference.” .
26 million tons annually
According to Dr. Khaled Al-Farra, advisor to the Waste Management Regulatory Agency and advisor to the Minister of Environment for project economics, the volume of solid waste generated annually, according to the latest actual count, is no less than 26 million tons annually.
Al-Farra announced that before the start of work on the new system, there was no way to dispose of these wastes, which leave some negative negative effects on health in general.
At the same time, Dr. Hadeer Farid, director of planning and technical support for waste in the governorate, says: “The plant is the largest in the Middle East, which depends in its technology on mechanical separation and biological treatment, with a very large capacity of 1200 tons per day through two lines. Sort”.
And Farid continued, in her interview with “Sky News Arabia”, “The waste is initially entered, recorded and weighed, so that the first sorting process is carried out and any unwanted waste is excluded, then the mechanical sorting, provided that all the waste enters the initial shredding unit.”
Thermal fuel production
And the director of planning and technical support for the waste added: “The components are also entered on the organic matter extraction unit, separated and transferred to the biological treatment area to produce organic fertilizer, provided that the rest of the components enter the air separation unit to separate any components with high heat content to be used as an alternative fuel to coal in cement factories.
Farid pointed out: “The rest of the components are placed on a magnetic field, so that the iron is separated and reused, and other components of economic importance such as plastic, cardboard and glass are sorted in order to be reused.”
And the Director of Planning and Technical Support, in her interview with the “Sky News Arabia” website, added: “70% of the waste that entered the factory is converted into useful materials and reused again, and the remaining materials are inert and rejected and have no importance or impact on the environment, and are transported to a sanitary landfill and disposed of in a safe manner.