18 December 2012
Dubai Municipality, which is responsible for managing the Emirate's waste, is looking into new ways to convert residual waste which cannot be recycled into energy, according to a report by the Gulf News.
The English language publication said that the energy which could potentially be generated would be cool and power homes across Dubai.
According to the report the UAE is succeeding in its efforts to restrict waste production, but there is still much which could be improved.
The daily per capita average for municipal waste generation in the UAE was put at 2 kg, a reduction from the 2.8 kilograms of 2009, according to the Municipality.
"We have been taking lots of proposals from across the world because waste [to] energy is very popular in other countries, as we have been looking for some time now into converting alternative energy and protecting the environment," Abdul Majeed Saifaie, director of the Waste Management Department at the Municipality is reported to have said.
The report explained that once any waste to energy project comes into effect, it will help alleviant the quantity of waste being sent to landfill in the Emirate, and that the Al Qusais landfill is expected to exceed capacity in seven years.
"We are looking into proposals from several countries, including China, Japan, Germany and America, and by 2013 we expect to announce a bidder, and take everything that's not recyclable and convert it into energy," Saifaie reportedly said.
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18 December 2012