Reduction of Landfill

West Coast Group

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Overview

Reducing from the key source of the waste issue which is from home and giving awareness to the younger generation.

Authors

Mohamed Mohana

Mohamed Mohana

Saeed Alhebsi

Saeed Alhebsi

Omar Sabzwari

Omar Sabzwari

Ahmad Alamad

Ahmad Alamad

School

University of Dubai

University of Dubai

Professor

Yaprak Anadol

Yaprak Anadol

Innovation

1. Could you share a story of your experience that would be considered a ‘high point’?

-We are part of reducing the waste in Dubai. Our high point is that we have technology specialist to reduce number and quantities of waste in Dubai. There is a huge quantity of general waste and we are doing a study with Dubai Municipality which starts from the source, which is our homes, where we live. For example, the sorting from your home otherwise it is sent to landfills like ours. But, our goal is to reduce this amount of waste in the landfills and extract the usable materials and recycle this material from the waste.

2. Could you tell me about your business innovation? A new product or technology?

- Currently, we have a ‘Material Recovering Facility’ and hopefully in 2020, the next year we are bringing in a new technology ‘RDF’. Refuse derived fuel is instead of sending waste to landfills we generate fuel and send it to, for instance, cement factories.

3. How did this innovation emerge? How did it start?

- Long time back but Dubai did not have RDF. Now, Dubai municipality and Dubai Government have established some new rules and have informed big companies who use and have this material to come to us. We are generating these types of products with the waste.

4. We wanted to know the parties and who is involved?

- That would be our top management in Abu Dubai. The West Coast group are specialists in waste management since the past 20 years. Here, in Dubai we have a lot of waste collection projects like the mosques, we are involved in all the mosques, hospitals, courts, projects in the RTA and Abu Dubai as well.

5. Does this innovation relate to a sense of a mission that you have?

- Yes and as I said, our target and mission aligns with the vision 2030 to have “zero landfills”. This means that everybody should work together in the private and public sector and as HH. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid says, Number 1. Zero landfills which means zero waste.

6. If we do reach that goal, what would be its impact moving forward?

- Hopefully that would mean zero waste and we are starting from the source, the buildings, the mall and as they say in Arabic “you cannot clap with one hand you need two”. If we do not help Dubai municipality with segregating the paper plastics it will be difficult for us. So Dubai Municipality is working on informing everybody and just recently, they had a new idea of a vending machine where you recycle and get money for it. It might be a little too early for this idea but they are thinking of implementation.

7. Lastly, do you have any advice to the community related to this process?

- We are the highest in generating organic waste. This type of waste is really disastrous to deal with and difficult to process. So I want to advise my family, students, everybody to stop throwing out food. It would help the government as well as the environment.

Reduction of Landfill

Left: Omar Sabzwari middle left: Saeed Alhebsi Middle Right: Othaynah Dwaikat Right: Mohamed Mohana

Inspiration

Could you share a story of your experience that would be considered a ‘high point’?

- We are part of reducing the waste in Dubai. Our high point is that we have technology specialists to reduce number and quantities of waste in Dubai. There is a huge quantity of general waste and we are doing a study with Dubai Municipality which starts from the source, which is our homes, where we live. For example, the sorting from your home otherwise is sent to landfills like ours. But, our goal is to reduce this amount of waste in the landfills and extract the usable materials and recycle this material from the waste.

Does this innovation relate to a sense of a mission that you have?

- Yes and as I said, our target and mission aligns with the vision 2030 to have “zero landfills”. This means that everybody should work together in the private and public sector and as HH. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid says, Number 1. Zero landfills which means zero waste.

Overall impact

In the short term it would reduce the landfill to help preserve the environment and in the long term it would be zero landfill to contemplate with Dubai Vision 2030.

Business benefit

Because the business did reduce waste by recycling from materials. It lead to creating jobs, which lead to increase in revenue. The good thing is it relates to the SDG 2030 in protecting the environment which in return saves the Biodiversity.

Social and environmental benefit

Who: It will benefit the people, animals and plants living in the country.

What: Reduction of landfills and recycling materials for better use.

When: For SDG and Dubai vision of 2030.

Where: In UAE and hopefully around the world.

How: Spreading awareness and controlling the source of the main issue.

Interview

Othaynah Dwaikat, Plant manager

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West Coast Group

West Coast Group

Dubai, Dubai, AE

Business Website: http://www.westcoast.ae/

Year Founded: 2000

Number of Employees: 5001 to 10000

Recover waste materials and recycle it to useful resources while reducing landfill. It serves the municipality of Dubai guidelines on preserving the environment.