Civic Body’s Service to Collect Wastes Gets Good Response

DUBAI — The recently introduced bulk domestic waste collection service of the Dubai Municipality has evoked a positive response from the public, officials said on Tuesday.

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Published: Thu 9 Oct 2008, 9:23 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 7:30 PM

Abdullah Rafia, Assistant Director-General for Environment and Public Health Affairs said the municipality received more than 1,000 requests during the last three months and it has collected more than 500 electrical equipment and a large quantity of used domestic furniture from houses in different areas of Dubai.

He said the move was in line with the municipality’s keenness to dispose of waste safely to protect the environment. “The Waste Management Department decided in June to launch this service with the aim of getting rid of bulky wastes such as furniture, refrigerators and washing machines. Many people either store these wastes in their houses or throw them outside their homes or on the roads defacing the general appearance of the emirate,” he said.

Rafia said that an action team was formed for this purpose and a new vehicle allotted to transport these wastes.

“The collected wastes are stored in the scrap yard in Al Qusais after separating the used electrical equipment from the used domestic furniture. The Contracts and Purchasing Department has agreed to auction these items,” he added.

Rafia said safe handling of these wastes is considered an essential matter for protecting the environment and the health of the people.

“Those who want to dispose them of safely, they can call us on 800900 and the municipality will remove them from the caller’s doorsteps and dispose them of safely,” he said. The municipality had launched an extensive media campaign to educate the public on the new service through newspaper advertisements in Arabic and English, advertisements on radio and installing billboards at petrol stations, hotels and ATMs.

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