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Tadweer signs agreement with the Eastern Province Municipality and Etaam to recycle food waste

16 Oct 2017
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – 16 October 2017: Food recycling company and MITEF finalists Tadweer has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Eastern Province Municipality to turn food waste into organic fertilizer.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – 16 October 2017: Food recycling company and MITEF finalists Tadweer has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Eastern Province Municipality to turn food waste into organic fertilizer.

 

In partnership with Etaam – the Saudi Food Bank - the agreement was signed by His Excellency Fahad Al Jubeir, Mayor of the Eastern Province Municipality, Hisham Al Jabr, CEO of Tadweer, and Abdul Aziz Al Nugheither, Secretary General of Etaam.

 

This agreement is a strategic step forward for Tadweer. The company recently took top honours at the second annual MITEF Saudi Arabia competition in the social enterprise track – a competition organized by Bab Rizq Jameel, an initiative of Community Jameel.

 

"We are delighted with the new drive to make use of food waste, and that Tadweer is part of that story,” said Fady Mohammed Jameel, President of Community Jameel international. “We believe Tadweer can be a source of inspiration for young entrepreneurs across the country as this initiative touches on important issues relevant to all of us – food, waste and the environment.

 

“We are proud that the guidance provided to Tadweer through MITEF Saudi Arabia has led to such a positive result. It further underlines our commitment to supporting creative and pioneering ideas, and giving a platform to future generations.”

 

According to a report by the Ministry of Agriculture, food waste amounts to 13 million tonnes annually and accounts for 26% of Saudi Arabia’s food consumption. Until now, the majority of this waste buried in landfills or burned, which is not only an environmental issue, but also a loss to national economy. To meet the challenge this waste presents, Tadweer is currently working on building its first factory in Dammam with capacity to produce 6,000 tons of fertilizer per year. 

 

“The signing of this memorandum is a step in the right direction to ensure that the blessing of food is not reduced to simple food waste. Awareness of this issue is a key objective of Etaam and we support creative initiatives that help in both preserving blessings while utilising resources to maximum effect”, said Eng. AbdulAziz Al-Noghaither, Secretary General of Etaam.

 

Commenting on future plans for his company and the project as a whole, Hisham Al Jabr, CEO of Tadweer said: “This is only the beginning of a much larger plan for us. While the Dammam food waste recycling centre will be completed in 2018, our aim is to see expansion in other major cities in the coming years, utilising the lessons we have learned.”

Al Jabr also thanked the Secretariat, the MITEF Saudi, and Bab Rizq Jameel and all those who provided support, and expressed his hopes to achieve the joint goals of making use of wasted resources and preserving the environment.”