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DM starts door-to-door waste recycling drive

posted on 24/04/2014: 2382 views



Waste headed to landfills in Dubai is set to reduce. Dubai Municipality's (DM) waste management department has announced the expansion of its door-to-door project ‘My City… My Environment', a drive that will ensure more areas in Dubai segregate waste at source, recycle it and thus reduce waste sent to landfills. DM has chosen Dulsco, Averda and Trashco as its strategic partners for the project.

Abdul Majeed Saifaie, Director of waste management department, said that the programme will see volunteers visiting houses in the identified areas and explaining the complete process with regard to this initiative. Residents will also be informed about the campaign through public education activities, road shows, talk shows on radio, posters and banners explaining the importance of the initiative, he further said.

Every house will be given two 240-litre colour-coded green and black bins. Each bin will carry clear instructions. Green bins will be meant for recyclables such as plastic containers, cardboard boxes (flattened out), newspapers, magazines, books, papers, mineral water / glass / plastic bottles (emptied out), aluminium and metal cans, milk and juice bottles. The black coloured bins are meant for all other types of ‘general' waste such as leftover food, vegetable and fruit skins, meat, dairy products, fish waste, disposable cups, trays, containers, paper towels, napkins, eggshells, nutshells etc., he said.

The drive will cover Jumeirah 1, 2 and 3, Al Safa 1 and 2, Umm Suqueim 1, 2 and 3, Al Manara, Umm Al Seif and Al Barsha 2 and 3. "General Waste will be collected daily and recyclables will be collected on alternate days.”

"The Dubai Municipality will discontinue the large trolley waste bins service. Such waste bin trolleys that are placed on the streets will not be visible on road post May 15, 2014 in these areas,” Saifaie added.

The waste collection and recycling service for residents is an initiative that will educate the public and help the municipality efficiently recycle household waste.

Saifaie said: "Dubai adheres to global standards when it comes to cleaner and greener environment. As we are moving forward to host World Expo 2020, our aim is to make Dubai clean and green. Hence, we have launched several such initiatives to create a healthy ecosystem. We are confident that this unique initiative will be a great success with the help of public support. In fact, Dubai residents have always shown great support for anything we do to encourage more recycling in this city”.

In recent years, the Dubai Municipality has encouraged private players to actively support waste collection and transportation. At present, around 70% of the total waste in Dubai is collected by private sector for recycling. – Khaleej Times – Read more: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/nationgeneral/2014/April/nationgeneral_April182.xml§ion=nationgeneral

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