x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

All Al Ain homes to have bins

Al Ain homes are to be provided with waste and recycling bins within six months, officials have promised residents.

AL AIN // All homes in the Garden City will be provided with waste and recycling bins within six months, officials have promised residents. The household bins will replace 23,000 skips, which are unsightly and unhygienic, said Hadif al Mansouri, the Centre of Waste Management-Abu Dhabi's Al Ain manager. He made the announcement during a meeting on Sunday with residents of Falaj Hazza, one of two districts that already have recycling bins. A similar meeting was held with Al Masoudi residents last week.

Representatives from the centre heard residents' comments on the recycling projects, which were introduced in those districts three months ago. The reaction of residents has been mixed. Some say the large skips are vital, especially with the number of farms around. One resident said the black bins for waste and the green ones for recyclable items were too small and two bins per household was insufficient.

Mr al Mansouri said more bins could be provided, but asked residents to try to reduce waste and break things into pieces. For large items, residents can arrange a special pick-up, he said. Al Ain produces 3,000 tonnes of waste every day and municipal landfills are quickly filling up, said Bader al Harahsheh, the general manager of the centre. ealghalib@thenational.ae