How Al Mouj, Muscat is using G-Cubes, Seabin to cut land, sea waste

Oman Government- and Majid Al Futtaim Properties-owned community goes green as part of Vision 2040 mandate

Al Mouj, Muscat's Ghadeer Villas.
Al Mouj, Muscat
Al Mouj, Muscat's Ghadeer Villas.

Public-private project Al Mouj, Muscat – co-owned by the Government of Oman and the UAE’s Majid Al Futtaim Properties – has revealed details of its sustainability efforts towards land and sea conservation, including its participation in the Garbage Cubes (G-Cubes) and Seabin programmes, in line with Oman’s Vision 2040 economic mandate.

The G-Cubes – or Garbage Cubes – initiative is a global movement wherein ocean waste is compressed into 10cm² cubes – held together with resin – that can be used for art projects, which are then displayed to raise awareness or sold to raise funds for ecological causes.

Al Mouj, Muscat asked its residents to collect and document ocean waste, and the compressed blocks were on display at the Marsa Plaza.

Elsewhere, Al Mouj, Marina has installed Seabin – a floating debris-interception device designed to direct rubbish to the surface of the water and into the bin – to reduce plastic waste.

Seabins are known for collecting floating debris such as plastic bottles, bags, and micro plastics as small as 2mm.

Commenting on the initiatives in a statement, Al Mouj, Muscat’s chief executive officer, Nasser bin Masoud Al Sheibani, said: “If we all follow the spirit of guidelines set out in the Vision 2040 for creating a circular, green economy, Oman could become an example for the world.

“It is our collective responsibility to protect the splendour and diversity of Oman’s natural environment and to implement formal, practical measures to ensure this happens.”

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