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EPA calls on SMEs owners to implement environ projects
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 9: Board Chairman and Director General of the Environment Public Authority (EPA) Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ahmad has unveiled a plan to establish two to three tyre recycling plants in Salmi in the near future, reports Al-Jarida daily. In a statement to the press on the sidelines of signing the memorandum of understanding between the authority and the National Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises Development to support entrepreneurs concerned with the environment, Sheikh Abdullah disclosed the plan is to take into consideration the continuity of such plants within the economic cycle for a period of five to 10 years.
He pointed out the owners of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can implement a number of environmental projects in the industrial and agricultural sector; including recycling industries, waste collection and reuse, environment friendly bag factories and others, in addition to agricultural projects and initiatives that enrich vegetation in the country. He affirmed a clear road map has been drawn to deal with the used tyres, indicating full support will be given to any medium or small company that will engage in the tyre recycling process. He revealed the reasons for the relocation of used tyres from Arihiya to Salmi include handing over the former site to the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW), to prevent fire incidents and secure the area. He said the Salmi area is totally secured with facilities as per the standards set by Kuwait Firefighting Force (KFF).
He added a plant in Salmi is currently recycling these tyres with a capacity of 3,500 tyres daily. He said the local market produces about 3,000 tyres; so the plant is recycling 500 of the tyres relocated to Salmi. He affirmed Salmi is allocated for waste recycling projects as per the structural plan of the State. He also confirmed cooperation with the Public Authority for Industry and National Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises Development to implement recycling projects and reduce landfills in the State. He disclosed that daily waste materials currently occupy approximately 1,000 square meters of land in the country and this should not be allowed in the future. On the other hand, Director of the National Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises Adel Al-Hasawi asserted that “these agreements aim to create an integrated investment environment to facilitate procedures for initiators and take a share of the national economy.”