Remains of Hajj animal sacrifices to be recycled into organic fertilizer in Mecca

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The Development of Makkah Region Authority said that the waste disposal plant, which oversees its operation, is treating more than one million remains of the Hajj animal sacrifices in a project to organize the mechanism of waste disposal and converting them to organic fertilizers.

The project costs about 200 million Saudi riyals and is the first of its kind in the world to protect the environment from bad odors, bacteria and groundwater contamination from waste disposal operations. The plant’s capacity is about 10,000 tons, while 120 tons of waste are being treated daily.


During the first stage, the plant will receive all the carcasses except for the leather or skin. During the second stage, it will be grinded and sprayed with chemicals to prevent fumes and odors. In the third stage, the percentage of water in the waste is reduced to reduce the fuel consumption during combustion. Burning waste in kilns up to 800 ° C to convert to organic fertilizer.

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