DEWA employees recycle around 222,000 plastic bottles, aluminum cans through smart machines

DUBAI, 19th May, 2023 (WAM) — Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is prioritising environmental protection as it actively engages employees and customers in sustainable practices during the Year of Sustainability. DEWA has implemented a smart recycling initiative, employing innovative machines in its buildings to recycle plastic bottles. Through the use of DEWA’s Smart Office app, employees can operate the machines, earning points for each recycling operation and entering raffle draws for valuable monthly prizes. Since the installation of these smart machines in October 2022, DEWA’s employees have successfully recycled an impressive 221,900 plastic bottles and aluminum cans. A local company, employing sustainable manufacturing solutions, has utilised these materials to produce over 11,600 T-shirts and other products. This initiative embraces the circular economy model, stimulating economic growth while safeguarding the environment and promoting sustainable practices, including resource reuse, waste reduction, and emissions reduction to combat climate change. Aligned with the Dubai Integrated Waste Management Strategy 2021-2041, DEWA’s recycling initiative supports waste management innovation, recycling, waste-to-energy conversion, and the provision of practical solutions to environmental challenges. Moreover, it aligns with DEWA’s Circular Economy Strategy, which optimises resource utilisation and enhances social, economic, and environmental value to foster sustainability in the UAE and Dubai. The strategy encompasses various principles, such as circular design, optimised asset management, value retention, renewable energy and water efficiency, and circular partnerships. DEWA’s Circular Economy Strategy serves as a comprehensive framework, expanding the scope of applications and embracing international best practices, promoting economic growth while preserving the environment and ensuring the sustainability of natural resources.

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)