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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - WASTE MANAGEMENT

Biodegradable bags to become compulsory across the UAE

Posted on 18/12/2012

Biodegradable plastic carrier bags will become compulsory in all supermarkets in the new year, despite concerns by some experts that they might not be as environmentally friendly as first thought. Many supermarkets have already switched to oxo-biodegradable bags, which break down much faster than normal plastic ones. The Ministry of Environment and Water has said it will ban the supply and use of non-biodegradable plastic bags from January 1. The new rules were brought in after it was found ...  >>MORE

ReVa reverse vending machines to reward recyclers with air miles

Posted on 09/12/2012

Tecom Business Parks yesterday launched the ReVa reverse vending machine through a unique collaboration between Enpark, averda and Air Miles. The machine enables users to exchange plastic bottles and aluminium cans for handsome rewards from the region's premier loyalty programme, Air Miles. Recyclers can now get recognition for their efforts by collecting two Air Miles for every unit deposited in any one of the 15 ReVa reverse vending machines located across Tecom business parks. Saeed bin ...  >>MORE

Cutting-edge technology keeps racing venue squeaky clean

Posted on 04/11/2012

The Centre for Waste Management — Abu Dhabi (CWM) collected 640 tonnes of waste from the premises of the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2012, as part of the round-the-clock waste management services offered to Yas Island for the third consecutive year. Using cutting-edge technology, nearly 23 per cent of the waste — totalling 150 tonnes — was recycled. The CWM uses customised environmental solutions to ensure cleanliness at the sporting facility on Yas Island. The services cover all ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality to help shopping centres to segregate waste

Posted on 30/10/2012

Shopping centres will soon be provided with municipality approved containers to segregate waste as part of the authority's aim to promote recycling in the emirate. "We have to intensify our efforts to promote the culture of recycling and reuse, and have many technologies to recycle things and reduce overall waste generation,” said Abdul Majeed Saifaie, director of Waste Management Department at Dubai Municipality. "The segregation of waste should be done from its very origin to help in the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airports recycles more than 530 tonnes of solid waste in H1 2012

Posted on 15/09/2012

Dubai Airports has stepped up its efforts to limit the environmental impact of solid waste, recycling more than 530 tonnes of paper, carton and plastic collected across Dubai International during the first six months of 2012. Between January and June this year Dubai Airports collected 426 tonnes of cardboard, 54 tonnes of plastic, 13 tonnes of plastic bottles and aluminium cans, and 37 tonnes of paper for recycling. "We are increasingly focusing our efforts on limiting the impact of our ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi centre launches awareness drive on illegal dumping of waste

Posted on 11/09/2012

The Centre of Waste Management, Abu Dhabi (CWM), launched on Sunday an awareness campaign to highlight the risks of "Illegal Dumping of Waste and Sewage” throughout the emirate, including Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region. The campaign will continue till Sept.27. At a press conference held in the capital on the same day, it was highlighted that illegal dumping of waste and sewage posed serious environmental risks to future generations. Saif Al Shamsi, Strategic Planning and ...  >>MORE

Dubai makes waste management binding on malls

Posted on 28/08/2012

With only one in five Dubai shopping centres and malls segregating waste at source, Dubai Municipality has moved to address issues malls face in implementing the policy. A senior Dubai Municipality official told Gulf News that the initiative is part of efforts to achieve 100 per cent implementation by 2013. Shopping centres and malls had been sent a circular last year urging them to segregate waste at source. However many of them did not comply with the Waste Management Department's deadline, ...  >>MORE

Empowering community to recycle

Posted on 30/04/2012

The site went live as environmentalists shared news and communicated and interacted with one another about community events and tips. With support from the site's Facebook page and twitter feed, visitors are encouraged to frequently revisit and engage in the conversation about the environment. Bee'ah in partnership with the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) also successfully organised the first environmental walkathon. Residents in large numbers took part in the event, ...  >>MORE

Sharjah to launch UAE's first reverse vending machines

Posted on 22/04/2012

Sharjah will mark Earth Day on Sunday with the launch of 10 Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs), which is part of the city's myBeeah recycling rewards campaign. The machines, which will be installed at high-footfall locations like Al Majaz Park and Al Qasba, accept plastic bottles and aluminium cans and award a point for every deposit, which can later be redeemed. An online portal, http://www.myBeeah.ae will also be ...  >>MORE

ADAC registers 23.6% in recycled waste by end of 2011

Posted on 12/04/2012

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the operator of Abu Dhabi's five airports, released its waste recycling report for 2011, which reveals that ADAC reached the recycling of 23.6% of waste generated at Abu Dhabi International Airport and the company's headquarter by the end of 2011. This equals approximately to 244,432 kg of waste from a total of 1,035,727 kg. Throughout the year the type of materials that were recycled included wood, cardboard, plastic and paper, with cardboard amounting to ...  >>MORE

Door to Door recycling project highlighted

Posted on 09/04/2012

The Door to Door Recycling Project undertaken in various regions of the Emirate has proved to be successful and it is intended to implement the service Emirate wide as part of the strategist direction of the Centre of Waste Management - Abu Dhabi and effecting the need for local communities to interact and respond to the recycling trends in modern civilisation in general. It is also important to improve hygiene and reduce the amount of waste generated through the waste hierarchy to reduce, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi steps up fight against illegal dumping

Posted on 18/03/2012

Abu Dhabi targets to reduce complaints on illegal dumping of waste by 90 per cent soon as garbage trucks and waste water tankers are tracked round-the-clock by GPS (global positioning system) trackers, a senior municipal official told Gulf News recently. As of February 28, the Centre of Waste Management-Abu Dhabi (CWMA) has fitted 98 per cent of the lorries with GPS trackers, Saif Al Shamsi, Director of Excellence and Quality Department at CWMA, said. He said the remaining two per cent ...  >>MORE

Dubai residents to get recycle bins in green drive

Posted on 15/02/2012

Dubai has taken another step towards its goal to be a green city and the latest initiative is to provide as many as 3,700 waste recycle bins free of cost to households in the emirate. The waste department of the civic body has launched a community initiative called ‘My City My Environment', under which households in Al Mizhar 1, Al Mizhar 2 and Nad Al Hamar, will be provided with two types of bins — recycle and waste. The service initiative was launched by Hussain Nasser Lootah, ...  >>MORE

Sharjah residents to benefit from recycling initiative

Posted on 07/02/2012

Residents living in villas will now be able to segregate waste easily for recycling as environmental and waste management company, Bee'ah, on Monday launched the first residential recycling initiative here. In a tribute to UAE National Environment Day that was held last Saturday, Bee'ah in tandem with the Sharjah Municipality has rolled out the residential recycling programme by introducing dual coloured bins to encourage waste segregation at home. The shift from the current waste ...  >>MORE

Sharjah vows to eliminate garbage by 2015

Posted on 18/10/2011

In four years, waste could be a thing of the past in Sharjah with all recyclables sorted and reused, organic waste composted and nothing at all going to landfills. Sharjah's "Zero Waste" plan by 2015 was announced Monday by Bee'ah, the emirate's waste management company, at Green Middle East expo taking place until Wednesday. The task means dealing with the 23,000 tonnes of municipal waste collected by Bee'ah every month and sorted or dumped at the Al Saj'ah landfill site. Since the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to divert 90% of waste from landfills

Posted on 18/10/2011

Abu Dhabi aims to dump zero waste in landfills in the future as the emirate which annually generates over ten million tonnes of waste has already lost 1,800 hectares of land to landfills so far. "The Centre of Waste Management — Abu Dhabi (CWM) aims to have a world-class integrated waste management system based on the principle of three "Rs" — Reduce, Reuse and Recycle — and we are aiming at zero waste to landfills by introducing the latest technologies," a senior official said yesterday. ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality announces Clean Up the World campaign 2011

Posted on 18/10/2011

The Waste Management Department of Dubai Municipality has yesterday announced the launch of Clean Up the World campaign 2011, which will be organised starting from 23 to 28 October under the slogan "Our Place ... Our Planet...Our Responsibility". The country's largest voluntary clean up drive is in its eighteenth consecutive year, which started in 1994. Announcing the campaign Eng. Salah AbdulRahman Amiri, Assistant Director General of Dubai Municipality said the civic body is proud to be a ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi aims to cut waste by 80% by 2018

Posted on 05/10/2011

The Centre of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi targets to reduce waste by 80 per cent by 2018 in Abu Dhabi emirate. Speaking with Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the two-day conference on ‘Annual Waste Management Middle East Forum' in the Capital, Jamal Al Jeetawy, technical advisor of Nadafa programme of the Centre of Waste Management (CWM) in Abu Dhabi, said the emirate including Al Ain and Western Region currently generate some 10 million tonnes of waste per year, which "we are targeting to ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Municipality sponsors national initiative to deploy solar-powered recycling containers

Posted on 18/01/2011

The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City is sponsoring a national initiative designed to enable the sorting out of waste at the source by using solar-powered containers deployed at various locations of the capital in the context of a strategy aimed at raising the communal awareness towards fostering a clean and sustainable environment through using modern technologies in recycling materials. Khalifa Mohammed Al Mazroui; the General Manager of the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City said: "Sponsoring ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi imposes waste management fees

Posted on 06/12/2010

Abu Dhabi has imposed a waste management fee to be levied from all establishments that generate any kind of waste in the emirate. The new scheme covers all industrial, commercial establishments and includes construction activities, Arabic language daily Al Bayan reported on Monday. The decision announced by the Abu Dhabi Centre of Waste Management aims at reducing waste generation and regularising waste disposal. The fee charged will be based on the amount of waste generated by each ...  >>MORE

'Flower power' helps transport Dubai's waste

Posted on 23/06/2010

Flower power has come to Dubai's roads in the form of specially painted vehicles to carry waste. The initiative by the municipality's Waste Management Department is part of a policy to develop and raise the level of performance and the overall impression of services provided by the department. It also keeps pace with urban development in the emirate accommodating the rapid changes taking place. The move is also part of a move to create innovative and developmental ideas to achieve strategic ...  >>MORE

Al Ain district launches recycling drive

Posted on 21/12/2009

Hundreds of students joined hands to educate residents of an Al Ain district on waste recycling and distributed bins in a campaign organised by the Centre of Waste Management — Abu Dhabi. The drive was launched in Al Masoudi district on Sunday morning. Some 250 volunteers from the universities and secondary schools in the Oasis City took part in the event. An official of the centre said extensive arrangements were made before the campaign based on a study. The district has 616 villas and ...  >>MORE

TDIC installs UAE's first purpose-built environmentally sustainable WMF

Posted on 07/09/2009

Tourism Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC), a master developer of leading tourism real estate assets within Abu Dhabi, in conjunction with the facilities management company Thiess Services Middle East, has designed and installed the UAE's first purpose-built environmentally sustainable Waste Management Facility (WMF). Located on Saadiyat Island, the new facility is now operational to receive the increasing quantities of building waste being generated from the construction activities ...  >>MORE

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