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Dubai mulls plan to turn organic waste into energy

Plan is part of Dubai Municipality's strategy of slashing the amount of landfill waste in the emirate

Dubai mulls plan to turn organic waste into energy
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Dubai Municipality is studying offers to to generate energy from organic waste, as well as producing compost from the waste, its boss said on Tuesday.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of the authority, said the plan is part of a strategy to send no more than 2 percent of waste to landfill.

In comments published by state news agency WAM, he said: "We have completed the preparation of a comprehensive plan to deal with waste. We are looking at it from two main angles - the first is to minimise waste, and the second is to reuse it.

"We believe that waste is a real treasure and not just waste. Waste should be recycled, especially organic waste, which amounts to about 30 percent of the total waste in the emirate," Lootah said.

"We also have to transfer waste to energy, so that ultimately there is no more than 2 percent that can be safely buried. This is to ensure that 98 percent of the land that could have been lost would have been used if ordinary landfills were used," he added.

He said that so far the municipality has been able to reduce the amount of waste from 11,500 tonnes per day four years ago to the current level of 5,532 tonnes per day.

The municipality has also succeeded in reusing around 10 percent of waste, with plans by 2020 to recycle 75 percent of waste.

There are 11 landfill sites in Dubai, with hygienic dumping currently being carried out in six landfills, WAM said.

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