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Recycling in Dubai

Help reduce the UAE's carbon footprint by recycling your garbage... It's time to clean up our act, girls

Posted on

20 September 2015

Last updated on 25 May 2017
Recycling in Dubai

We're all very aware of the fact that recycling here in Dubai and across the UAE is still somewhat inaccessible if you don't know where to look or go. But the good news is - there are places that you can drop off your plastic, your paper and even your e-waste across the city. It's just a case of knowing where to look!


To help you get started, we've got some handy recycling tips as well as drop off points across Dubai where you can take your items to be recycled safely and effectively. 

A few recycling tips to get you started

Bin your rubbish responsibly!

1. Use Tupperware instead
Pick up a snug Tupperware box and use it to take your sandwiches to work or out and about with you, instead of using plastic sandwich bgs, cling-film or tin foil. It'll also save you money in the long run! This also applies to storing food and items in your home! We've got a guide to make sure you're storing your food safely

2. Join non-profit networks or use classifieds
Don't just throw away your junk or unwanted items; exchange them with others on websites like or even our very own Classifieds. One man's junk is another man's treasure, as they say!

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3. Buy a bag for life
These are a great idea in order to prevent use of multiple plastic bags... Instead, buy a bag for life - which all stores do here in Dubai - and re-use it every time you shop! It offers an alternative to conventional plastic bags. There's nothing worse than seeing plastic bags in our lovely Emirate's sandy deserts!

4. Reuse old toothbrushes
Do you know that old toothbrush you're finished with? Make a mark on it using paint or nail varnish so it's distinctive, and start using it as a cleaning tool! They're extremely useful in cleaning bathrooms and kitchens, for example, especially around those hard to reach areas! Just don't mix up your toothbrushes accidentally.

5. Get creative
Don't throw everything away just because you can't find a recycling bin for it. Turn old DVDs or CDs into coasters, or fold old, flat pillows in half and turn them into cushions for your sofa. 


Where to recycle in Dubai

If you know of one that isn't listed here, please email editor (at) expatwoman (dot) com and we'll add it to the list here!

Recycling Points Location Recycle What?
The Village Shops The Greens Paper, glass, plastic, cans
Meadows Village The Springs, Emirates Hills Paper, plastic, cans
Dubai Festival City Near Toys R Us Paper, plastic, cans
Oasis Centre Mall Al Quoz 1 Paper, plastic
Dubai Marina Promenade, various locations Paper, plastic, glass
Dubai Studio City next to Dubai Studio City Tower Paper, plastic, glass
Emirates Driving Institute Al Qusais Paper, plastic
Emirates Aviation College Garhoud Paper, plastic
NBAD Branches Various locations E-waste
EEG Office Beach Road Paper, plastic, cans, e-waste, batteries, glass, printer cartridges & toner
Behind Town Centre Beach Road Paper, plastic, cans
Spinneys Umm Suqeim, Ramada, Trade Centre Road Paper, plastic, cans
Gold & Diamond Park SZR near Mall of the Emirates E-waste
Lakes Club Emirates Hills 3 Paper, plastic, cans
Springs Town The Springs, Emirates Hills Paper, plastic, cans
The Beach The Walk, JBR Paper, plastic
Near Citymax Hotel Al Barsha Paper, plastic
Silicon Oasis Spinneys, various locations in community Paper, plastic, glass, cans, clothing
Jumeirah Lake Towers JLT Clusters Paper, plastic, glass, cans
Arabian Ranches Retail Centre Near the post box Paper, plastic, glass, cans, clothing
Dubai Municipality Centres Various locations E-waste
Emirates Post Offices Various locations E-waste
Bur Dubai Behind Citibank, near Burjuman metro station Paper, plastic, cans

Recyclables Collection

In some areas of Dubai, the Dubai Municipality have laid out their My City... My Environment initiative, which includes a door to door waste collection and recycling service. The intiative includes giving houses two 240 litre colour coded bins, each with a different waste disposal purpose. 

To find out more information on the DM My City... My Environment intiative, click here.