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Two Dubai freezones collect tonnes of e-waste in 18-hour campaign

Dubai Internet City and Dubai Science Park collect two tonnes of e-waste in less than 24 hours

The initiative was carried out with Uber and Averda.
The initiative was carried out with Uber and Averda.

Dubai Internet City (DIC) and Dubai Science Park (DSP) have partnered with Uber and Averda, in a campaign to prevent e-waste from entering landfills, avoiding the risk of soil and ground water contamination through compounds and chemicals typically contained in electronic waste.

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment welcomed the campaign in which Uber carried out a total of 60 collection rides, which is six times more than the previous year, resulting in the disposal of nearly two tonnes of retired electronics within an 18-hour window.

On average, a UAE resident produces 17.2 kilogram of e-waste every year.

In 2015, this amounted to nearly 600,000 tonnes in the region.

Community members located within Dubai Internet City, Dubai Science Park, Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, Dubai Knowledge Park, Dubai International Academic City, and Dubai Outsource City, could request an ‘UberRECYCLE’ via the Uber app from July 2, to 4.

During this time, Uber drivers collected retired phones, outdated laptops, printers, and other redundant electronic devices and transported them to Averda, where the materials were aggregated and eventually sent to recycling plants in the region.

MOCCAE director of waste management Yousef Al-Ahmad Al Raisi pointed out that a video was posted on social media in parallel with the campaign, in which Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, emphasised that the disposal of e-waste presents a great challenge in today’s rapidly changing world.

Dr Al-Zeyoudi was quoted stating: “The product life cycles of electronics is steadily decreasing, and we are seeing ever-growing amounts of e-waste with adverse effects on our environment.”

He also welcomed and encouraged private sector initiatives such as those that support national efforts to achieve sustainability and reduce pollution in the country in line with the UAE Vision 2021 and other government initiatives.

Commenting further on the initiative, DIC executive director Ammar Al Malik said: “At DIC, we are committed to making our communities greener and more sustainable, a responsibility also shared by our partners.

“As the only specialised technology business community in the region, we are dedicated to utilising technology to achieve our goals," Al Malik said.

He added: “This partnership provided a smart solution to our community for the convenient collection and disposal of e-waste. A collection of over two tonnes in just 18 hours is an impressive outcome and we look forward to nurturing such partnerships and supporting such initiatives as we continue to contribute to the digital transformation in the UAE.”

Meanwhile DSP executive director Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi said: “We are extremely pleased with the amazing results achieved. This campaign aligned smartly with the government's sustainable development goals as outlined by Dubai Plan 2021 to protect natural resources and promote sustainable consumption, particularly amongst our younger generations.”

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