Less than 14% of Dubai's waste is recyclable
Facility management company reveals fluctuating waste levels in Dubai
Only 13.6% of waste collected in Dubai by facilities management company Imdaad is recyclable, according to new research published by the company to mark World FM Day.
Imdaad said that the ratio of waste which can be recycled has edged up from 12.5% in 2010, but the amount of waste it collected has fluctuated - from 326,665 metric tonnes in 2010 down to 292,081 tonnes in 2011 and back up to 325,522 tonnes last year.
The company, which is a founder member of the Middle East Facilities Management Association (MEFMA), collects waste from both residential and commercial customers.
Ali Hassan, director of environment services at Imdaad, said: "The fact that levels are increasing and decreasing over the last three years is not an indication of waste disposal habits in Dubai."
He continued: "Moreover, the real estate sector has bounced back and more commercial and residential properties have come onto the market. With a natural increase in the population occupying new buildings it is impossible to keep reducing waste levels year on year.
"|Instead the focus must be on educating people of Dubai on recycling and choosing recyclable products at the point of purchase."
Jamal Lootah, CEO of Imdaad and president of MEFMA, said: "Our work in Dubai is directly related to the environment and can be used as a bellwether for sustainable progress in the emirate.
"As a consequence, we hope the data will motivate residents to improve the recycling trend and reduce general waste levels when they can see the affect it will have on the communities for which Imdaad is a facility management provider."
The results' release was aligned with this year’s theme for World FM Day - 'creating, sharing and learning'.
Executive director for MEFMA, Sinead Bridgett, said: "Working with Imdaad to extract and reveal its data was driven by the World FM Day objective to create content that can be shared and used as context for future learning.
"It not only highlights the FM industry’s contribution towards the upkeep of our communities but also sets the framework for discussion and learning amongst the wider construction, property and government sectors."
Initiated in 2008, World FM Day in the Middle East will be hosted by MEFMA, with events in Doha and Dubai on 27 June, sponsored by Kharafi National, Idama and Imdaad.