Ras Al Khaimah 2018 | GREEN ECONOMY | COLUMN

TBY talks to Ahmed Al Hammadi, Director General, Public Services Department, on the sector.

Ahmed Al Hammadi

To what extent is recycling a priority here?

It has been a priority for the past three or four years. We run campaigns and have tried many different strategies; we are currently focusing on separating waste at the source and convincing people to use green and brown bags for recycling. We are also building centers for recycling in three locations around Ras Al Khaimah. We ran a successful program called “Green Environment” for children in schools, and competitions are held for students to win certificates based on how much they recycle. We also do conferences to support our recycling program.

How challenging is to persuade people in Ras Al Khaimah to recycle?

Ever since we started environmental inspections and raising awareness, people are becoming more careful. They are educated now, and we see fewer violations. If people engage in dumping, they have the wherewithal to take responsibility. The trend is in full swing. We are halfway to the goal of convincing everyone that they need to separate their waste into recyclable categories and not litter. There is a toll-free number that anyone can call to dispose of anything, and waste collectors will pick it up for a fee.