Help reduce the UAE's carbon footprint by recycling your garbage... It's time to clean up our act, girls
20 September 2015| Last updated on 25 May 2017
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 Freecycle.org or even our very own Classifieds. One man's junk is another man's treasure, as they say!
You might also be interested:
- Dubai based charity and support groups
- Your guide to everything pest control
- Use the FREE ExpatWoman classifieds
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|
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.