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Less than half of UAE residents take part in recycling, survey finds

Just 36% of residents in the UAE are mindful of electricity and water consumption

Less than half of UAE residents take part in recycling, survey finds
Almost a quarter of respondents feel neutral towards environmentally friendly initiatives such as recycling, while 7% don’t feel environmentally-friendly.

Less than half (42%) of UAE residents take part in recycling, despite 70% considering themselves to be eco-friendly, according to survey by Dubai online classifieds platform Dubizzle.

The survey, which surveyed 1,369 respondents in May, was conducted ahead of World Environment Day on June 5th also showed that only 36% of residents in the UAE are mindful of electricity and water consumption, 35% are aware of their purchases, 32% refuse to buy single-use plastic and paper products and 38% reuse or repair items.

Moreover, 33% and 32% sell and buy second-hand items respectively, with electronics (40%) being the most bought or sold second-hand items in the last year, followed by home and garden appliances (28%), sports & outdoor items (17%), child and baby items (14%) and fashion and beauty items (11%).

However, almost a quarter of respondents feel neutral towards environmentally friendly initiatives such as recycling, while 7% don’t feel environmentally-friendly.

The survey found the most popular sustainability measure to be recycling and waste sorting, with 44% of respondents aiming to do more of that in the coming year.

The second most popular measure to maintain the environment was refusing to buy single-use plastic and paper products (38%), followed by being more mindful of items purchased (37%), reusing an item for more than its primary purpose (37%), monitoring electricity and water consumption more closely (35%), selling used items (36%) and buying second-hand items (31%).

Dubizzle boasts over 2 million monthly active users, and is the biggest second-hand online marketplace in the UAE.