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Oman paper recyclers on a mission to Munich

IFAT 2022 attracted more than 150 000 professionals from all over the world and among the crowds were recyclers from South America, Africa, and Asia.

Recycling International bumped into Ibrahim Said Al Ofi and Mahmood Al Aamri from the Sultanate of Oman, a small mountainous country of five million people on the Arabian Peninsula. Their company, Recycling Services (RS), is involved in the set-up of a proper recycling infrastructure in Oman, starting in the capital Muscat, where they operate two small yards. A third yard is about to open in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

According to the pioneers, 95% of waste in Oman is currently dumped. Their ambition fits into Oman’s Vision 2040 to build a productive and diversified economy, founded on innovation and sustainable development.

RS focuses on paper, plastics, wood and metals. ‘We’ve started from scratch and the volumes are still very small,’ says Al Ofi. ‘But the good news is, things can only get better.’’  

On a yearly basis, RS collects some 500 tonnes of plastics which is processed into flakes and shipped to end users in the UAE. Paper volumes are much bigger – 600 tonnes per month – and expected double by 2023. ‘Our network of paper and packaging collection points at supermarkets and shopping malls is growing,’ says Al Aamri.

In Munich, the pair were on the lookout for equipment. Top of their shopping list was a horizontal baler with the capacity to press seven tonnes of cardboard. ‘We prefer to purchase a second-hand unit. Why not new? Obviously, the long delivery time. We realise a used machine nowadays can be expensive but at least we don’t have to wait so long.’

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