Community plays a crucial part in waste management says Dulsco
Expats need to take onus when it comes to reduction of waste while increasing recycling efforts
Speaking about the waste sector in the UAE, Dulsco’s MD and CEO David Stockton said that Dubai is leading the way when compared to other emirates in terms of the evolution of a waste management programme.
“The expatriate lifestyle in the UAE means we have a transient population living and working here. And our role as a community service provider is to ensure we help educate the next generation,” he said indicating that the UAE has some distance to go when compared to other countries.
Stockton points out that there is a large B2C element in the waste and environment management sector although it’s always looked at as a B2B function.
Hence reduction at source is critical to having a successful waste management strategy for a city. Dulsco has invested in educational resources in a bid to better inform the communities it operates in. Stockton stresses on the importance of the buy-in from the community.
“We have a ‘two bin system’ in much of the Dubai Municipality area where we operate. We put it in all the master communities as well, but the education has to happen at a household level — we have taken a lot of time and effort to work with people within communities. For instance, we invited all the housekeepers to the Dubai Ladies Club and informed them about waste reduction at source and its benefits, while also imparting additional training to them,” he said.
Read the full interview with David Stockton in the January 2019 edition of the magazine.