Malls encouraged to do more to separate waste
Dubai Municipality to meet mall owners to discuss non-compliance
Dubai Municipality is increasing its efforts in ensuring that all of the city's malls separate waste at source in a bid to improve recycling methods.
The municpality is aiming to ensure that all of the emirate's malls reach 100% compliance with its request by 2013, according to Gulf News.
Only one in five malls in Dubai currently separates waste at source, but they the shopping centres were urged to start this practice with an initial deadline of February 2012.
“We will soon hold a meeting with the representatives from shopping centres and malls to discuss reasons for non-implementation," said Abdul Majid Saifaei, director of the Waste Management Department at the municipality.
"We want to know if they are facing any problems in implementing and want to remove those hurdles. We do not want to give them any reasons for non-implementation."
The sustainable waste management team of the municipality held a meeting recently to discuss its activities during the first half of this year, and Eng. Salah Amiri, assistant director general of Dubai Municipality said that events and initiatives that bring in co-operation and co-ordination between the concerned organisations working in the field of environment were important.
"We have to strive for achieving more participation from general public in such activities. To maximise the levels of awareness and to widen reach of the efforts, it should be kept focused," he said.
"Waste Management Department has been always keen to ensure good public participation in all its activities. General public, sponsors from both government and private sectors and strategic partners were highly active in the campaigns launched by the department during first half of 2012," said Saifaee.
He added that eight environmental campaigns were held during first half of this year, with about 800 workshops and lectures conducted in various centres targeting the public as well as students.