Silver glass, yellow stone and the deep blue sea; there are many colours in the spectrum of Dubai, but with the exception of a few date palms, green is often a stranger.
Yet when it comes to a way of thinking, the evergreen shades are fast becoming the Emirate’s hue of choice. At long last, recycling has entered the realms of the ‘all you can eat brunch’ and ‘shopping city’ of Dubai. So, for those of us who close our eyes when throwing out the trash (because if you can’t see it, it doesn’t exist right?) our peeper’s need fear no more!
Recycle your conscience
By the time your sofa imprint starts to form and your local café has your decaf late order ingrained in memory, the guilt starts to creep in. You leave your apartment and throw yet another bag down the garbage shoot filled with plastic water bottles and suddenly get flash backs of those green and brown bins. Dubai’s daily household waste currently stands at double to that of it’s European counterparts, and up to 5 times more during the Holy month of Ramadan (so much food, not enough time!) It’s no surprise then that Recycling has long been on the cards for the UAE with programmes such as ‘My City… My Environment’ (door to door collection service of recyclables and school workshops) launched in 2012, and The Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy approval of 2015 aiming at minimising the carbon footprint.
It’s not only your conscience that stands to benefit from jumping on-board the environmentally savvy train; Bee’ah, the Middle East’s fastest growing environmental management company based in Sharjah has placed their
Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) in and around Dubai. Each time a plastic bottle or can is deposited, the RVM issues a receipt which, when uploaded to the Bee’ah mobile app, enters you into the Bee’ah Rewards monthly draw.
What: They provide the recycle bin and can collect weekly materials such as paper, plastic, glass, metal and can which they separate for you.
Cost: AED100 pcm
What: Your mission should you choose to accept it… Home Cycle allows you to contribute to their current recycle campaigns to earn points and prizes; i.e. ‘collect at least 10 batteries from any brand and earn 10 points’
What: Crush ya stuff at your nearest RVM, collect your ticket and upload it to the mobile app for entry to a prize winning draw. For closest RVM point and other recycling bins check their app or website for the Bee’ah map.
If teaming up to commit saintly acts of regular recycling feels a little too claustrophobic for your foot loose and fancy free persona, here’s a few bite sized tips that you can do all on your own and still be a part of team green:
- Turn your water heaters off and flick the switch only when needed.
- Cut down on plastics and order some net produce bags for your next grocery shop.
- Clear some clutter and make space for a refillable drinking water dispenser instead of ordering crates of 1.5 liter bottles every couple of days.
- Winter is coming! Minimize your carbon footprint and take the Metro/Tram where possible.