Dubai Municipality to launch third phase of 'My City My Environment project' in October

DUBAI, 16th August, 2016 (WAM) – Dubai Municipality (DM) will launch the third phase of its ‘My City My Environment project’ in October after the successful completion of the first and second phases of the project, which was launched in 2012.

Salah Amiri, Assistant Director-General of Environment and Public Health Services Sector at DM, said that this phase will cover Muhaisina, Nadd Al Hamr and Al Mizhar areas.

An agreement to this effect had been signed with Averda, a company specialising in the field, he said, and added that he sought the support of all for the success of the phase for a better future and a sustainable environment of Dubai.

“Engaging private sector companies for executing the project comes as part of an integrated plan of the municipality to privatise some of its services in order to enhance the quality of services offered to the public, especially in the field of environment,” Amiri said.

He said the project is considered as a qualitative change in waste management in the emirate of Dubai as the waste will be segregated at its source, which will be useful for recycling in big quantity.

“Dubai is keen to follow the highest international standards in cleanliness and sustainable environment as the city is preparing to host Expo 2020 Dubai. We will be launching a host of initiatives to develop an integrated environment and health system in the city. We are confident of the success of these initiatives with the whole-hearted support of the residents of this great city,” he noted.

The five-year contract with Averda includes collecting recyclable domestic waste from more than 6,200 villas at an area of 24 square kilometres, in addition to electronic waste from Al Mizhar, Muhaisina and Nadd Al Hamr, which could be 200 kilogrammes a month.

Daily domestic waste collection from the said areas will come to around 90 tonnes, in addition to 20 tonnes of recyclable waste. The company will assign 125 employees and a fleet of 21 specialised vehicles for the purpose.

AbdulMajeed AbdulAziz Sifai, Director of Waste Management Department, said, the launch of the third phase of this strategic project of collecting recyclable waste and segregating waste at its source will focus on reducing the quantity of waste that will pile up in the waste bins.

Previous phases of the project, which received tremendous response from different sections of the society, had covered Jumeirah 1, 2 and 3, Al Safa 1 and 2, Umm Suqeim 1 and 2, Al Manara, Umm Sheif and Al Barsha 2 and 3.