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Canadian recycling companies making inroads into Middle East

Samer Kamal is chairman of the Toronto consulting firm Tactical Connections, which helps Canadian companies get a toehold in the Middle East. Mr. Kamal was appalled on a recent visit to the Sharjah, an emirate of about one million people in the UAE, by the amount of recy-clables thrown in the garbage. Virtually all solid waste there, he says, goes to landfill. Kamal’s family is close to the ruling family, and he persuaded them to set up a government-backed organization, called Bee’ah, to move the emirate into the 21st century on environmental issues. Then Kamal and his partner began approaching Canadian firms who had the expertise to build infrastructure to recycle household and industrial solid waste.