Sharjah civic body steps to protect environment

SHARJAH - Sharjah Municipality has taken many steps to protect the environment in the first half of the current year during which wastes were recycled and turned to organic fertilisers to be used for agricultural purposes with a monthly average of 500 tonnes, Yossef Abdullah, Deputy Head of the Environment Protection Section, told Khaleej Times.

By Tarek S. Fleihan

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Published: Sun 31 Aug 2003, 11:58 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:15 PM

Talking about these new procedures, Mr Abdullah said that it would allow the municipality's landfills to contain more wastes and dump hazardous ones.

The municipality has also succeeded in reducing the liquid and sewerage industrial wastes by 50 per cent following visits of civic body inspectors who guided labourers at marble factories, dyehouses, among others, on the best environment methods to reduce pollution and preserve the environment, Mr Abdullah said. He noted that the civic body has also created several areas at its landfills for treating liquid industrial wastes.

The municipality extended the dumping areas at its landfills by selling the accumulated power wires to investors. This created more dumping areas for containing wood, plastic, metal, carton, among other wastes, he pointed out.

According to a report issued by the Solid Waste Section at Sharjah Municipality last month, about 6,482 tanks of liquid and sewerage waste were siphoned by the civic body and more than 120 notices were issued to companies and establishments which violated public hygiene regulations.

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