Officials from the RAK Public Works and Services Department during the launch of the environment-friendly garbage trucks
Ras Al Khaimah - The waste collection vehicles are faster, more powerful, and easier to use
The Public Works and Services Department (PWSD) in Ras Al Khaimah, in its readiness to cut carbon emissions, is replacing all its garbage trucks with environment-friendly vehicles.
So far, the department has replaced some 65 per cent of its fleet of waste collection trucks, according to Ahmed Mohammed Al Hammadi, director general of the department. "The new garbage trucks, up to the latest international standards, are all environment-friendly and fire resistant."
The new vehicles can further contain larger quantities of wastes, he added. "The PWSD in Ras Al Khaimah is to collect the third shipment of the green garbage trucks in the second half of this year."
The waste collection vehicles are faster, more powerful, and easier to use and deal with, Al Hammadi explained.
"The new trucks put in trial proved to have saved much time and effort in collecting waste materials from across the emirate and moving them to the sorting out stations. The special compressors fitted in these garbage vehicles has ensured more pressing power and provided more space for collecting additional amounts of wastes in a safer and more efficient way," Al Hammadi added.
All the wastes collected are transferred to an advanced sorting out stations before being dumped into the main landfill, which under a massive expansion to contain more wastes.
The RAK police have also started operating sustainable environment-friendly motorbikes that are electricity powered. "The new bikes have been specified for entertainment places and tourist sites," said Major General Ali Abdullah bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of the RAK Police.
He added that the new bikes are for the safety of both the rider and road users. "The new electric bikes, which are noise and carbon emission-free, will be used across all beaches and public parks."