Emrill's campaigns reduce waste, save "over 35,000 litres of water"

FM company collected 280 bottles, 51kg of paper, 115kg of clothes, and 689kg of e-waste between 7-26 November, 2019

Emrill's campaigns reduce waste, save "over 35,000 litres of water"
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Emrill's campaigns reduce waste, save "over 35,000 litres of water"

UAE facilities management company Emrill has joined forces with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry to reduce waste in the emirate as part of its Let’s Reduce and Recycle campaign in line with the UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai’s commitment to divert 75% of waste away from landfills.

Focusing instead on waste reduction, segregation, and collection to recover and recycle waste, the campaign promotes a zero-waste lifestyle, with Emrill asking its employees to participate by collecting clothes, paper, plastic bottles, and e-waste.

In the collection period from 7-26 November, 2019, Emrill collected a total of 280 bottles, 51kg of paper, 115kg of clothes, and 689kg of e-waste, including 28 printers and two desktops.

Also, Dubai Chamber invited schools, universities, colleges, private and public sector organisations, families, and individuals to collaborate in diverting waste away from landfills and raise awareness about the importance of waste segregation and recycling.

Speaking about the campaign, the chief executive officer of Emrill, Stuart Harrison, said: “Over the past year, we have launched a sustainable vegetable garden and embarked on a water conservation programme, using condensation water to clean car parks. This initiative alone has saved over 35,000 litres of water.”

Harrison added: “We have also actively sought to reduce landfill waste in the communities we manage. For example, by fitting fabricated detachable algae skimmers to our maintenance pedal boats, we were able to push algae from the centre of the lakes to shore, expediting the removal process and allowing the regular scheduling of cleaning work regardless of weather conditions. This solution has enabled us to reduce algae waste by 25% and total waste volume by 31%.”

Commenting on Emrill’s internal campaigns, the firm’s integrated management system manager, Fasiulla Shariff, said: “Initiatives of this type change the mindset of our people. They then go home and share this information with their friends and family, creating a ripple effect. If we all take steps to reduce waste and become more sustainable, we can have a major collective impact.

Shariff added: “Our campaign reached 7,500 employees and generated real involvement from our team members, customers, supply chain and stakeholders.”

All materials were collected by authorised waste management and recycling companies.

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