Struggling with a level of recycling that is proportionatly miniscule to the degree of waste that is generated in the emirate, which then goes to landfil, the Dubai Municipality has embarked on an integrated waste management master plan for the next 20 years which has a focus of reducing the waste generated and hightening the level of recycling.
According to Assistant Director General for Environment and Public Health Services Sector at Dubai Municipality, the civic body has appointed a UK-based consultancy firm Mott MacDonald for developing the integrated waste management master plan. “This company will provide a structure for waste management in Dubai until 2030,” he said.
We need to send across the message of waste reduction
Awareness programmes needs to start from schools
Support recycling companies by helping them sell their end products
These are sentiments quoted from Dubai Municipality – director of Waste Management Department, Abdulmajeed Abdulaziz Al Saifaie when speaking to Khaleej Times.
Al Saifaie is quoted as saying: “We are reviewing all the fees related to waste management services. This will include entry fee at the landfills (tipping fee) and the municipal fee for waste management services levied from companies when they make or renew trade licenses
“We need to send across the message of waste reduction and segregation to homes, shopping centres, commercial establishments and everywhere. For that we will have to start our awareness programmes from schools. We should also support recycling companies by helping them sell their end products,”.
A revision of waste management fees is among the initiatives being planned to prevent waste generation and landfilling and encourage recycling, he said.
The civic body aims to achieve a long-term target of recycling the entire waste generated and dumping zero waste in landfills.
A workshop was recently held on Waste Management Problem Analysis as part of the preparation of the Masterplan. Officials from the Dubai Municipality, some private sector companies and Dubai waste management officials attended the workshop. “Dubai Municipality is not only responding to the current demand for efficient and effective waste management but also safeguarding economic growth and social development as well through its integrated approach to a sustainable and innovative waste management system. Working under the sustainability banner, Dubai Municipality is keen to bring this initiative to fruition,” said Amiri.