Following the new year celebrations and world record fireworks in Dubai, the Waste Management Department of Dubai Municipality deployed special teams and intensified the routine activities to manage and collect waste from various parts of the emirate of Dubai, especially from Al Jumairah and Burj Khalifa areas.
Eng. Abdul Majeed Saifaie, Director of Waste Management Department said Dubai Municipality took all precaution to manage possible excess waste materials during the celebration.
He said the department asked public to maintain the cleanliness levels of Dubai during celebrations. We deployed a special emergency team who had given directions and action plan to tackle with such situation.
He also thanked the officials and workers who worked hard to ensure the smooth functioning of the facilities and public places as well as the public who cooperated to minimize the volume of waste.
‘We arranged teams to clean up each area of the emirate, as well as increased number of waste containers to collect excess rubbish generated during celebration in addition to sending teams to roam around the city with the task of maintaining general cleanliness’ he said.
Mr. Suhail Al Awadi, Head of Bur Dubai Cleaning Unit, said our team starter working at 1.00 AM on 1st January and completed the cleaning process at 5.00 PM collecting total 6,200 kg of garbage in 1,800 bags from the places where the main celebrations organized.
Khaled Mohsen, head of operations and cleaning services said: special teams were sent to each area to work on 1st of January 2014. Four emergency shifts were allocated to cover the activities during the night to ensure cleanliness during celebration, especially in the areas of fireworks.
It is worth mentioning that the team collected waste, which was mostly scraps of paper, plastic, food and refuse of fireworks. Total 80 workers were deployed to cover fireworks in different locations in addition to emergency teams scattered around the emirate and an additional team in Al Mamzar beach considering the huge number of visitors.