RIYADH, May 18 (Xinhua) -- The Red Sea Project, Saudi Arabia's flagship international tourism project, has awarded a solid waste management contract to a joint venture between the Dubai-based waste management company Averda and the Saudi Naval Support Company.
The three-year contract prioritizes recycling that aims for "zero waste to landfill" throughout the phase-one construction, said the Red Sea Development Company, a Saudi developer behind the high-profile tourism project, in a statement issued on Monday.
The Red Sea Development Company is setting new standards in sustainable development, according to the statement.
"We're uncompromising in our commitment to protect, preserve and enhance the natural environment. Pioneering new standards in sustainable development to achieve this goal is at the heart of the Red Sea Project," said John Pagano, chief executive officer of the Red Sea Development Company.
The contract involves collecting and recycling waste generated by administration offices, residential facilities, and construction activities, in order to meet the high environmental standards set for the project.
Wissam Zantout, managing director of Averda, said the contract gives the company an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise in the waste management sector.
"When leveraged correctly, our approach can contribute to Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 for sustainability and circular carbon economy concepts," he explained.
The Red Sea Project is one of the three giga-projects announced by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in 2017, in a bid to open new areas of economic activity in line with the Saudi Vision 2030, the blueprint for diversifying the kingdom's economy. Enditem