x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Dubai's door-to-door recycling programme set for expansion

After survey showed an 87 per cent approval rating in the three communities participating in the initiative the door-to-door recycling programme could be available on streets from Jumeirah to Al Barsha by next March, the municipality says.

DUBAI // A new door-to-door recycling programme could be available on streets from Jumeirah to Al Barsha by next March, the municipality says.

The My City, My Environment initiative, which supplies homes with green bins for the disposal of all recyclables, was launched in March in the suburbs of Nad Al Hamar and Mizhar 1 and 2.

Its success has prompted Dubai Municipality to expand further than it had initially planned, to Al Warqa and Al Barsha 1, 2 and 3.

"We are currently conducting a feasibility study to see how we will implement the programme from Jumeirah to Al Barsha," said Abdulmajeed Saifaie, the director of waste management at Dubai Municipality. "We are looking very closely at Jumeirah 1 and 2, Umm Suqeim, Al Manara and Al Barsha."

He said they would open requests for tenders from the beginning of next month, and award the contracts by February 1.

A recent survey of the three communities participating in the initiative showed an 87 per cent approval rating.

A Zayed University student, Fatima Al Fardan, said her mother would be very excited to hear that recycling was coming to their neighbourhood in Jumeirah.

"She is the most environmentally conscious member of our family," she said. "She loves nature and gardening, and is also the one who insists that we recycle our newspapers and old school books."

Her seven-member household plans to be much more environmentally conscious once the door-to-door recycling begins.

"I don't know why we haven't already started recycling plastic and other items, but we have no excuse not to now that it will become so convenient."

Amanda Martin, 43, who lives in Umm Suqeim, was delighted to hear recycling might soon get much easier. "That's great to hear. Of course we would recycle if it's done like that."

 

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