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Two new Tana E520s delivered to Dubai Municipality

Landfill compactors will operate in Al Qusais

Dubai Municipality takes delivery of two new Tana E520 landfill compactors.
Dubai Municipality takes delivery of two new Tana E520 landfill compactors.

Dubai Municipality has taken delivery of two new Tana E520 landfill compactors.

Supplied by Al Shirawi Enterprises (ASE), they will operate alongside two existing machines at the solid waste dumping area in Al Qusais.

The latest E520 models have been purchased in a bid to modernise operations at the facility.

“We are currently finalising our master plan for 2030,” said Abdulmajeed Abdulaziz Saifaie, director of Dubai Municipality’s Waste Management Department. “The main objective of this plan is to reduce landfill waste. In fact, by 2030, we aim to have completely eliminated landfill waste in Dubai.”

Dubai Municipality has been working hard to acquire the latest in waste management technology so that it can achieve this zero-landfill situation. For example, Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability LLC has established a gas and flaring plant at the Al Qusais facility, and it is hoped that the new Tana machines will further improve efficiency at the site.

Finnish equipment manufacturer Tana specialises exclusively in waste management equipment. The E520’s twin drums mean that fewer passes are necessary to achieve a smooth and dense surface. In addition, Tana’s patented crushing teeth serve to optimise the spreading and crushing of waste.

“We will study the machines’ efficiency during operation,” explained Humaid Saeed Almarri, director of Dubai Municipality’s Transportation Department. “Within six to 12months, we will have a full performance report and we will be able to see whether there have been any maintenance issues.”

Also present at the handover was ASE’s executive director Thani A Al Shirwari. As he explained, previous Tana machines have been well received by Dubai Municipality, and he is confident that the new E520s will also impress.

“Dubai Municipality’s decision to opt for Tana landfill compactors is proof that it is moving towards a sustainable future,” said Al Shirawi. “As far as I know, Dubai is the only city in the GCC – and perhaps the Middle East – that has stopped compacting with bulldozers. Bulldozers are not designed to compact; they are designed to bulldoze. Even so, people still try to use the weight of bulldozers to compact waste.

“Tana E520 landfill compactors, on the other hand, are far more efficient because they have been designed specifically for this purpose. They do not rely solely on their weight to compact waste; their drums and crushing teeth have been optimised to aid faster and more effective compaction. The number of trips that the machines have to take in order to do their job is minimised, and the operator can achieve much more during a typical working day.”

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