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Dubai Municipality set to launch drones to monitor littering on beaches

Municipality managed to reduce the amount of waste dumped at landfills from 11,500 tonnes per day in 2010 to 7,500 tons this year

Dubai Municipality set to launch drones to monitor littering on beaches
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Dubai Municipality is planning to use drones to keep its beaches pristine, according to a news report.

It will start using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to find litter on beaches after it successfully used drones to look for waste dumped on mountains.

“Drones will also be introduced on all public beaches in Dubai to scan for littering, in black and white footage, to allow some semblance of privacy to beachgoers and keep the environment clean,” Abdulmajeed Saifaie, Director of the Waste Management Department told 7days.

“It is far more efficient now with the drone cameras rather than sending multiple vehicles and manpower in search of waste in non-specific locations,” he added.

The municipality managed to reduce the amount of waste dumped at landfills from 11,500 tonnes per day in 2010 to 7,500 tons this year.

“Once the system is fully equipped with smart technologies, we will reduce waste arriving at the landfill by another 20 per cent in the coming years,” he said.

The civic body will also introduce Smart Gate, a GPS vehicle tracking system, and 13 new recycling stations by the end of this year, the newspaper said.

The Municipality survey found 40 percent of waste is coming from commercial sectors, including hotels and shopping malls.

In October this year, a new mathematical equation found the world’s best shoreline is Dubai, beating British holiday hotspot Blackpool for the first place.

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