Dubai: Dubai has managed to reduce its waste this year, a senior Dubai Municipality official told Gulf News.
"We have witnessed a reduction for the last few months and quantity of waste generated in Dubai has come down to about 6,000-7,000 tonnes from the previous about 9,000 to 10,000 tonnes," said Abdul Majid Saifaie, Director of Waste Management Department, Dubai Municipality.
The Dubai Municipality announced the launch of ‘Clean up the World' campaign for 2011, Monday. The campaign, which enters its 18th year, will run from October 26-28, under the slogan ‘Our Place...Our Planet...Our Responsibility'.
Registrations, permits for landfills
Dubai generated an estimated of four million tonnes of waste last year. Several waste minimising measures have helped the emirate combat the issue of high waste generation. "As we had lower tariff rates to dump waste, the quantity was quite high.
But now, only a Dubai registered vehicle can enter our landfills. Also, they need a separate permit now."
Among the other efforts is a campaign ‘Think twice when you shop' for the residents which is involving schools and women organisations in its initial stages.
"Efforts have to be made at all levels. We are trying to generate as much awareness and through this campaign we are trying to tell people that they should use lesser number of carry bags when they shop," added Saifaie.
Clean up the World
The Dubai Municipality announced the launch of ‘Clean up the World ‘ campaign for 2011, Monday.
The campaign, which enters its 18th year, will run from October 26-28, under the slogan ‘Our Place..Our Planet..Our Responsibility'.
Saifaie said the annual event is one of the most important awareness and clean up events organised every year.
It brings together hundreds of volunteers and focuses on raising awareness of decision makers, local and global communities on environment related issues.