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Eng. Abdulmajeed Sifai, Director of Waste Management Department at Dubai Municipality. (Supplied Photo)

Dubai Municipality to deploy 2,200 workers to clean the city during Ramadan … reports Asian Lite News.

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Dubai Municipality’s Waste Management Department has completed its preparations for the holy month of Ramadan with a number of programs and technical work plans focused on intensifying supervision and field efforts. The Municipality will deploy a cadre of 2,200 workers and increase number of sweeping equipment. The plan will also include awareness initiatives to reduce waste production.

The special cleaning operations during the month of Ramadan will also focus on the cleanliness of highways, and a program for cleaning water channels including Dubai Creek, Jaddaf creek, Business Bay Canal, Dubai Water Canal, Deira Harbour Canal, and surrounding waterways.

Eng. Abdulmajeed Sifai, Director of Waste Management Department at Dubai Municipality said the work plan for the holy month of Ramadan has been completed, which will also include regulating and scheduling of work at the waste dumps of the Department.

“The waste disposal site at Al Qusais will be open 24 hours a day on a daily basis, seven days a week, with four work shifts. The Al Bayada dump, which was allocated for construction waste, will be open from 5 am to 5 pm and from 9 pm to 5 am on a daily basis. It will be closed only during the Iftar time from 5pm to 9pm. The Habbab / Warsan dumps will be under service from 5 am to 12 pm throughout the month of Ramadan except Fridays. The work at the Medical Waste Treatment Plant and the Hazardous Waste Facility will be from 7 am to 5 pm,” he said.

“We have provided all means and equipment to the field teams, which will cover the entire emirate through four round-the-clock shifts. We have distributed 242 additional garbage baskets near mosques and places of Ramadan events and Iftar tents,” said Sifai.

“In addition, we have formed an emergency team, consisting of 12 supervisory and regulatory staff, 65 cleaners prepared with the necessary safety equipment and tools and 37 different mechanisms and equipment for the collection and transfer of waste, for the purpose of immediate handling of communications and complaints from public as soon as possible during the Iftar time,” he said.

“On the other hand, the Waste Management Department will launch the “Shop Smartly And Reduce Your Waste” initiative, which invites shoppers to contribute to reducing waste through smart shopping through a variety of sustainable environmental methods such as paper bags instead of plastic, in addition to reusing the household items instead of throwing them away, and contribute in waste segregation at home and purchasing only basic materials instead of luxuries,” said Sifai.

“The awareness initiative is being organized in cooperation with Lulu Hypermarket and a number of private sector companies, which will support in the implementation of awareness-raising programs for the public and school students and awareness announcements on social networking sites. In addition, we will also organize recreational activities for the staff and workers of the department such as collective Iftar and cultural competitions.

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