In light of recent events in Beirut, we’re dedicating this blog to waste management and what each of us can do at home to keep our environment clean in Dubai. Some years ago, the media published some numbers about the amount of waste generated in Dubai. In 2011, each member of the entire UAE population generated about 2.5kg of trash each day, amounting to more than 900kg per person per year – way above the average in some European countries, for example.
Since then, the country has taken major measures to deal with this, but really it all comes down to us as residents and members of a larger home.
Remember the 3R’s? It’s that simple: reduce, reuse and recycle. Choosing to do this makes us active members in a much larger cleaning initiative. If we don’t clean up after ourselves, who will?
This one’s the obvious one, yet we all seem to ignore it. Reducing starts with the shopping process – reduce all the unnecessary things you buy and the results are great for the environment and for your wallet. The next time you’re at the supermarket, really think about what you’re buying, how it’s packaged, the alternatives…Also, keep aware of things you can reuse when you’re buying products. A lot of times all the plastic used in products can be cleaned out and used for a variety of things ranging from storage to decorative purposes.
Another thing is using cloth bags instead of plastic. A trip to the supermarket guarantees a minimum of three plastic bags. These usually end up in the trash by the dozens. Again, if you do end up using them, try keeping them around for storage – cleaning out your closet…
We’ve been mentioning it throughout the entire post. Watch out for ways to keep using the stuff you buy. Invest in tupperwares instead of using plastic bags to carry your food to the office for example. Donate unused items instead of throwing them away – books, clothes, décor…
This one seems to be the most difficult for people to apply. The easiest way to do this really is to just buy three separate bins from the start. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself slacking to separate your waste and then it all ends up in the same bag. Get different colored bins, and separate your trash. There are plenty of recycling spots in Dubai, and Dubai has been rolling out a My City, My Environment initiative in different locations to encourage recycling.
Remember – cleaning up is a choice we make – just like you choose to keep your home clean, keep your larger home cleaner.