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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 30: The Environment Public Authority has announced that tires from the South Sa’ad Al-Abdullah dump site have been removed after six months of continuous work, in preparation to hand over the site to Public Authority for Housing Welfare for distribution to citizens to build their houses in the area. The director of the authority, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ahmad, said the tires have been transported to the Salmi area for recycling, “which is perhaps the largest transfer of tires in the world.” In a ceremony held Sunday Kuwaitis to announce the end of the tire transfer process, Al-Ahmad indicated “the issue was raised before the Council of Ministers in November 2019 and the Municipal Council was requested to allocate a site to transfer the tires.”
He continued, saying, “The tires remained for 17 years in the Erhiya area, until the Council of Ministers commissioned the EPA to dispose off these tires in September 2019, and we requested the Kuwait Municipality and the Municipal Council to find an alternative area in Salmi where recycling factories could be established, and then we took the initiative to transport the tires.” He explained about 42.65 million tires (equivalent of 507,000 tons of tires) were transported by about 44,000 trucks back and forth, and “we were keen to quickly hand over the area to the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW).”
He stressed on the EPA’s keenness to ensure the land to which the tires were transferred is close to the recycling plants considering that the recycling waste is of great concern for the country, and the authority has developed a road map to dispose of tires and recycle all types of waste. He pointed out the EPA was able to complete the cleaning of the area which will be handed over within days to the PAHW after ensuring the area is ready for the housing project. He said, Salmi will be turned into a complete recycling area. He said at the moment there is one recycling factory which can accommodate approximately 3,500 tires per day, which will contribute in a big way to end the tire problem in the country.