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Dubai Municipality unveils smart recycling centre

Averda, in close co-operation with Dubai Municipality, plans to commission other similar fully automated recycling centres across Dubai in 2016

Oussama Natour, managing director of Averda UAE and HE Eng Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality.
Oussama Natour, managing director of Averda UAE and HE Eng Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality.

Averda and Dubai Municipality commissioned the first smart recycling centre in Dubai, the one-of-a-kind project across the GCC.

A partnership between Averda and Dubai Municipality, the project comprised equipping the recycling center with solar panels to ensure its energy efficiency and minimal environmental impact while the recycling bins are provided with intelligent relay sensors, feeding various accurate data back to Averda’s monitoring stations, including alerts when the bins are nearing their maximum intake capacity.

A key feature of this center is represented by its environmental friendly characteristics: only recycled materials have been used for the construction of the center: the floors are made of recycled wood, the main container body frame is from a recycled 20 feet shipping container, and the power used to operate the center is generated fully by solar panels.

The recycling centre is monitored remotely via smart sensors fitted to its compartments, is monitored by CCTV and is also equipped with an automatic motion sensor that will activate an audio welcoming message for the users.

Automatic fire extinguishers are fixed onto the centre’s internal ceiling and the dry chemical powder they are using can handle flammable liquid, flammable gas, carbonaceous and electrical fires.

Averda, in close co-operation with Dubai Municipality, plans to commission other similar fully automated recycling centres across Dubai in 2016, to ensure that these meet the strategic objectives of Dubai Municipality’s Waste Recycling and Waste Awareness programmes.

Oussama Natour, MD averda UAE said: “Although there are certain countries in the world that currently use solar panel operated recycling stations, until today there were none in the UAE. We are fully committed to increasing recycling awareness in Dubai and are extremely proud and honoured of our achievement.”
 

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