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Maneesh Bakshi
The blockade imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its allies has failed to impact the efforts to turn trash into treasure, thanks to the 'Made in Qatar' initiative to promote sustainable eco-friendly waste management technologies.
The uninterrupted working of the fully automated integrated used automobile tyre recycling plant of Modern Recycling Factory (MRF) in Mesaieed Industrial Area is testimony to the fact that siege has had no impact whatsoever.
"We are not affected by the current embargo. We are in no way dependent on imports of our raw material. We have a huge dump of discarded tyres sufficient for the next 15 years considering the current levels of tyre utilisation," MRF CEO Akram al Ibrahim told Qatar Tribune.
He said,"Qatar is committed to move ahead on its path of self-reliance in terms of finding a sustainable recycling solution to the problems of discarded automobile tyres and MRF has taken a huge leap in this direction."
Ambassador of France to Qatar HE Eric Chevallier, who paid a visit to the factory on the invitation of the MRF management, was taken on a tour of the factory by the CEO.
Chevallier said,"This integrated recycling plant clearly demonstrates the capacity of Qatar to develop its self-sustained industry as well as its potential in terms of its economic diversification leading to what can be seen here in the form of its high-quality production."
"Moreover it is not just any factory but one that is based on recycling waste which is very important for the environment and for our future generations. In the given circumstances, it is more important for Qatar to develop its own capacity based on modern technology," he said.
"What is commendable to see here is the transformation of waste into high quality products and is all done here in Qatar and by Qatari company," Chevallier added.
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