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Ramadan 2017: Dubai unveils waste management programme

The integrated waste management programme has been designed to cope with the increased "quantity and variety of food waste" during Ramadan, Dubai Municipality revealed

Dubai Municipality will ramp up its efforts to curb and manage waste during the Holy Month of Ramadan 2017. [Representational image]
Dubai Municipality will ramp up its efforts to curb and manage waste during the Holy Month of Ramadan 2017. [Representational image]
Eng Abdulmajeed Sifai, director, Waste Management Department.
Eng Abdulmajeed Sifai, director, Waste Management Department.

Dubai Municipality (DM) has unveiled an integrated waste management programme for the Holy Month of Ramadan this year.

The authority's Waste Management Department will intensify supervision and field work, host awareness programmes for the public, and increase its quota of sweeping equipment in preparation for the Holy Month. 

Plans laid by DM also cover road cleanliness, boat, creak, and water channel cleaning, and emergency field teams on highways and in residential areas. 

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Four round-the-clock shifts will be carried out by field teams during the month, with 148 waste containers and 70 additional garbage baskets delivered near mosques, key areas hosting Ramadan events, and Iftar tents.

A team comprising 70 cleaners will work on a 'special shift' between 11am and 5pm to handle public communication and complaints.

DM's waste disposal site in Al Qusais will be open on a 24-hour basis every day during the month, and the Al Bayada dump site, allocated for construction waste, will operate between 5am and 5pm, and 9pm and 3am, every day. 

Meanwhile, the Habbab and Warsan dump sites will be in service between 5am and 11am during the Holy Month. 

The Smart Shopping Initiative has also been launched to educate shoppers and reduce household waste generation. 

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The integrated waste management programme has been designed to cope with food waste during the month, Eng Abdulmajeed Sifai, the Waste Management Department's director, said. 

He continued: "The quantity and variety of food waste increases during the month of Ramadan compared to the rest of the year.

"It necessitates the provision of increased means of storage and more number of workers, as well as supervisory and emergency teams to deal with the calls we receive from the public.

"[We also have to] to organise the operation of service vehicles around the clock in all areas," Sifai added. 

Sifai added that the Jebel Ali Hazardous Waste Treatment Plant's schedule will span two shifts, between 7am and noon, and 12pm to 5pm.  

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