Saudi Arabia distributes smart eco-friendly waste containers ahead of Hajj


18 August 2018|06 Dhul Hijjah 1439|Al Arabiya

The Saudi Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs is readying for Hajj season, taking hygiene and public services very seriously, while attending to millions of hujjaaj from around the world.

The ministry is utilizing the latest new technologies in this field, providing smart eco-friendly compressed waste containers which work by solar energy in all places frequented by hujjaaj, especially in populated locations where electricity is not available.

The ministry distributed nine of these containers with a 54 tons capacity, six tons per container in different parts of Mecca and the holy sites, in view of the increasing number of pilgrims in the holy areas in a limited time and space, which requires the creation of the best scientific solutions and use Latest technology.

These containers can be mobilized easily with special equipment which the contractors working with the General Directorate of Hygiene provide, thus contributing to the development of cleaning works and avoid many obstacles in the storage of waste produced during the Hajj season.

The containers are equipped with the latest technology connected to satellite, where they send warning signals before being filled with waste via a sensor.

These containers contribute to reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions resulting from the frequent use of trucks to transport containers to and from sanitary landfills, as well as their ability to compress waste in a way that reduces transport time and reduces working hours, therefore reducing operational costs.

These containers are remote control operated and can easily be found through a GPS system.