Muscat: Omantel and be’ah (Oman Environmental Services Holding Company) have inked an MoU recently in support of circular economy for a sustainable future.
The MoU was signed by Dr Ghalib Al Hosni, Chief People Officer at Omantel, and Sheikh Mohammed Al Harthy, Executive Vice President of Strategic Development at be’ah.
Based on the MoU, Omantel will provide be’ah with lead-acid batteries, end of life tyres, used lubricating oils of Omantel’s transportation fleet and electronic, electric and paper waste, and the latter will recycle the waste to regain its economic value and support the national economy.
Commenting on the MoU, Al Hosni said, “We are delighted to expand our cooperation with be'ah and build on the success of the first agreement we signed last year to recycle lead-acid batteries enabling us to support the efforts being made to eliminate hazardous waste and its impact on the environment,”
"Through this agreement, we will work with be'ah to regulate the disposal of used lead-acid batteries, tyres, e-waste as well as other types of waste that may cause a threat to the environment. The signing of this agreement reflects our commitment to protect the environment, contribute to sustaining the growth of our national economy and creating a clean and safe environment," Al Hosni added.
Mohammed Al Harthy stressed that be’ah handles waste as resources that can bring huge opportunities to support the national economy, “Our mutual cooperation will help to raise the economic value of waste and support circular economy initiatives as well as reducing the amount of waste carried to waste disposal plants.”
He also said, “The MoU is a joint effort to enhance waste management processes and reduce risks associated with wrong disposal practices, in addition to availing waste through recycling.”
Al Harthy urged businesses and individuals to follow the correct waste disposal practices, and to contact be’ah for carrying waste to certified waste management and treatment plants. He further noted that “the MoU comes in line with both parties’ efforts to help to achieve national economy’s goals in the waste management sector, and it is a continuation to the MoU that was signed earlier in December 2018.”