x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Recycling bins coming to thousands of Dubai homes

The Dubai Municipality will hand out recycling bins to 3,700 families in the emirate, seeking to encourage a more environmentally friendly form of waste management.

DUBAI // Nearly 4,000 Emirati families in the emirate will soon have recycling bins in their homes, under a new initiative that will be rolled out next month.

The 3,700 families living in three communities will each receive two bins to separate their household waste from March 1, Dubai Municipality officials announced this morning.

"Waste management and recycling are the key issues of the developed cities," said Mr Abdulmajeed Saifaie, director of the emirate's waste management department. "Approximately 2.8 kg of waste is being generated per person on a daily basis in Dubai."

Ms Saifaie said the initiative was aimed at instilling a culture of recycling among UAE national and expatriate residents.

The project, "My city...my environment," is initially being implemented in Al Mizhar 1, Al Mizhar 2 and Nadd Al Hammar - which are all part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Housing Establishment - under a year-long trial period. After that, it could be expanded to every home in Dubai.

The 3,700 families that will receive the bins are already being educated on the need to segregate household waste into food and non-food items, officials said.