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Bank Muscat signs agreement with be’ah for safe disposal of batteries

Bank Muscat indicators agreement with be’ah for protected disposal of batteries

The agreement as component of the bank’s ‘Let’s Go Green’ initiative was signed by Said Salim al Aufi, group DGM – Projects &amp Infrastructure, and Khamis Marhoon al Siyabi, head of Municipal Solid Waste Operations at be’ah. Aufi stated, “Bank Muscat is happy to sign the agreement with be’ah which will contribute towards creating a sustainable environment in Oman. The benefits include safe handling and disposal of hazardous waste, investment opportunities for the private sector and in-country value contributing towards economic development and creation of jobs. The initiative is aimed at environmental protection by reducing carbon footprint by recycling wastes through approved ways by the government.”

Siyabi stated, “The agreement aims at unifying public and private institutions’ efforts in controlling the movement of Lead Acid Batteries to achieve be’ah’s strategy in tackling the damage caused by negative practices. Inappropriate disposal of this type of batteries causes several damaging effects on the environment including ground water and soil pollution, as well as hazardous effects that the random burning of batteries cause to the air. We welcome companies, institutions and individuals to take part in reducing environmental negative practices by disposing Lead Acid Batteries properly by directing them to be’ah’s processing facility for recycling.”

Oman Environmental Service Holding Company (be’ah) was established in 2007. In 2009, a Royal Decree No 46/2009 granted be’ah the mandate and the legal status as the entity accountable for strong waste management in Oman. In the very first offtake, be’ah collected 560 LAB from Bank Muscat head workplace. Be’ah has awarded a contract to Arab Lead Company (ALC) for processing LAB in a sustainable and atmosphere-friendly manner inside the sultanate. ALC has commissioned a lead acid battery therapy plant in Oman with a capacity to treat 15 tonnes per day.

Oman joined the Basel Convention on Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on December 7, 1994. The treaty aims at decreasing environmental dangers of hazardous waste by decreasing movement of hazardous waste among nations and disposing it in the nearest facility of the supply of generation.

Bank Muscat strives to raise environmental awareness by bringing about optimistic behavioural alter towards environmental protection via numerous activities. The bank accords balanced consideration to environmental, social and financial improvement when pursuing green initiatives benefiting the nation
and individuals.

The bank’s iconic head workplace incorporates a quantity of sustainable initiatives. The eco-friendly creating has a lighting method which automatically dims as sunlight increases and bathroom taps function by sensor, major to substantial saving of water.

The solar penetration is minimised by deep recessed punch windows, permitting optimum all-natural light to enter the creating although at the identical time maintaining the creating cool.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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