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Dubai Municipality eyes energy from organic waste

The municipal body is studying offers to generate energy from organic waste, director-general Eng Hussain Nasser Lootah confirmed

Dubai Municipality is organic waste-to-energy offers. [Representational image]
Dubai Municipality is organic waste-to-energy offers. [Representational image]

Dubai Municipality is studying offers to generate energy from organic waste, the agency's director-general, Eng Hussain Nasser Lootah, said.

Studies are also underway to review the production of compost from organic waste, which forms 30% of the total volume of waste generated in the emirate.

The "comprehensive plan to deal with waste" will be tackled with a two-pronged approach, Lootah explained.

"The first [objective] is to minimise waste and the second is to reuse it," he continued.

"We believe that waste is a real treasure and [...] should be recycled.

"We also [aim] to transfer waste to energy so that ultimately, there is no more than 2% [of waste] that can be safely buried."

Lootah said the move would ensure that space typically consumed by landfills is conserved. 

"The strategic plan to deal with waste includes three stages, with the first phase in which the municipality succeeded requiring a reduction in the volume of waste," he explained.

"For four years it was 10,432 tonnes (11,500 tons) per day, but, today it has become 5,018 tonnes (5,532 tons) per day, and the municipality [is also] reusing around 10% of waste."

Up to 11 landfill sites are located within Dubai, with the Al Qusais Landfill, established in 1976, being the oldest.

Hygienic dumping is currently exercised across six landfills in Al Qusais, Jebel Ali, Al Bayadiyah, Al Habab, Hatta, and Al Warsan.

One landfill burns waste and another carries out special treatment, "while recycling is carried out in three landfills", Lootah said.

During the first three months of this year, waste workers collected 297,584 tonnes (328,031 tons) of waste from all sites and areas covered by the municipality's waste collection and disposal services department. 

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