Rapid economic expansion means more homes, more industries and more constructions. But it also brings mountains of waste.
As the UAE grows, so does the amount of rubbish it produces. With the mantra of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ being heard around the world, various forces are working in the country to educate the public about the importance of a greener future.
At Eco-Waste, an annual conference hosted by Masdar, this Abu Dhabi sustainable energy company reported that waste generated by UAE increased from 6.6 million tonnes in 2010 to 8.4 million tonnes by 2017. For the whole Arabian Gulf, almost 29 million tonnes of rubbish are forecasted, creating a waste management industry that potentially could be worth Dh6.2 billion.
Dubai Municipality estimates that the city recycles 25 per cent of its refuse, but it aims to increase it to 75 per cent by 2021. Public-private partnerships will play a crucial role in meeting this aim.
The “circular economy”, involving recycling and reusing materials to put them back into manufacturing, will become increasingly important. The massive step is having the easy-to-access infrastructure for the consumer to recycle, because in UAE the landfill is still very cost effective.