Dubai's New Year bash yields 6,200kg of waste
Dubai Municipality ensures Emirate is clean after celebrations
A total of 6,200kg of garbage was collected by Dubai Municipality’s waste management department following Dubai’s New Year celebrations this year, which included the largest ever fireworks display in the world.
Besides taking all necessary precautions to manage possible excess waste materials during the celebration, Dubai Municipality also deployed special teams and intensified its routine activities to manage and collect waste from various parts of Dubai, especially from the Al Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa neighborhoods.
Eng. Abdul Majeed Saifaie, director of waste management department, Dubai Municipality, said: “We arranged teams to clean up each area of the emirate, as well as increased number of waste containers to collect excess rubbish generated during celebration, in addition to sending teams to roam around the city with the task of maintaining general cleanliness.”
Khaled Mohsen, head of operations and cleaning services, said: "Special teams were sent to each area to work on 1 January. Four emergency shifts were allocated to cover the activities during the night to ensure cleanliness during the celebrations, especially in the areas of firework displays.”
Suhail Al Awadi, head of Bur Dubai Cleaning Unit, said the team’s cleaning process, which ran from 1am-5pm on 1 January, collected a total of 6,200kg of garbage in 1,800 bags from the places where the main celebrations occurred.
The waste was mostly scraps of paper, plastic, food and firework detritus. A total of 80 workers were deployed to cover the fireworks in different locations, in addition to emergency teams scattered around the emirate and an additional team at Al Mamzar beach, considering the huge number of visitors there.