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Expo 2020 Dubai names Dulsco waste management partner

Latest agreement with UAE firm to support Expo 2020 Dubai's target of diverting 85% of waste from landfill

Expo 2020 Dubai has chosen environmental firm Dulsco as its official waste management partner [representational image].
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Expo 2020 Dubai has chosen environmental firm Dulsco as its official waste management partner [representational image].

Expo 2020 Dubai has chosen UAE firm Dulsco as its official waste management partner to support efforts by the world expo to divert 85% of its waste away from landfill.

Dulsco’s purpose-built Waste 2 Resource (W2R) facility in Dubai South will help “divert waste from landfill in the lead-up to and during Expo 2020”, the authority organising the world expo said in a statement.

“This will be achieved by using the latest technologies to reduce, reuse, recycle, and repurpose [waste, thus] contributing to the circular economy, where waste becomes a valuable resource for other activities.”

Expo 2020 said it expected the breakdown of waste during the six-month event to include 48% organic material, 39% recyclables, and 13% general waste.

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The partnership with Dulsco, which directly aligns with Expo 2020’s sub-theme of sustainability, also includes supporting and working with local small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are repurposing glass, metal and other materials “using their own expertise and innovations”.

Expo 2020 said Dulsco’s W2R facility will – through this SME community – receive, recover, process, recycle, and upcycle waste – converting it into valuable resources and products to be fed back into the market.

Recycled products will be used for Expo 2020 Dubai, which is set to open its doors on 20 October, 2020.

Speaking on the tie up, Najeeb Mohammed Al Ali, executive director at Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, said: “It is essential to the future of our planet that we live more sustainable lives, and world expos can play an important role in promoting long-term solutions to environmental issues.

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“By collaborating with Dulsco, Expo 2020 has an opportunity to assist the circular economy through effective waste management, helping to preserve our surroundings and shape a better world for generations to come.”

Dulsco will be able to process organic material such as food waste into fertilisers and bio-fuels, while turning recyclable materials like paper and cardboard into mouldable products, such as cup holders, seed pots, and boutique gift boxes for use within the expo site.

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