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Launch Of Pioneering Environmental Initiative To Transform Recycling In Ras Al Khaimah
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Launch Of Pioneering Environmental Initiative To Transform Recycling In Ras Al Khaimah

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Ras Al Khaimah Waste Management Agency (RAKWMA) has launched an innovative recycling program that will transform the way the Ras Al Khaimah community manages its waste.

The RAK Recycles initiative will allow residents, schools, government entities and businesses to separate their waste at the source. Colour-coded green and brown recycling bags will be locally produced and distributed free of charge throughout the Emirate from 20th September 2017, to encourage the separation of food waste from other recyclable items.

His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, said in a statement: “It is with great pride that I support the introduction of the RAK Recycles initiative in Ras Al Khaimah.

“I encourage all those in Ras Al Khaimah to think about the sustainable lives we led in the past and to start living for a more sustainable future.

By using this new system, Ras Al Khaimah residents are also showing that they care deeply about a sustainable future. Together we can make our Emirate clean and green now and for future generations.”

Rollout of the program will begin in the local residential communities of Al Dhait, Rams and the Southern region, before being introduced to other communities including Al Hamra and Mina al Arab in 2018. Small businesses will also be included in the rollout, while schools will be targeted in a separate recycling program.

Under the initiative, clean and dry plastics, paper, cardboard, cans and glass bottles will be collected in green bags. These recyclable materials will be sold as feedstock for new products, with income generated contributing to waste management costs in Ras Al Khaimah. Brown bags will be used to collect food waste, which will then be recycled into compost and other soil enhancement products. This will be utilised in community gardens and landscaping throughout the Emirate.

General mixed waste that cannot presently be recycled will continue to be collected in black bags with the future goal of converting this waste to energy.

The process of separating waste before discarding it reduces the potential for materials to be contaminated and ensures that greater volumes of high-quality recyclable products can be processed. Clean recyclable materials can be sold at a higher price and require less processing before being recycled into new products.

By greatly simplifying the sorting process, RAKWMA aims to divert 75 percent of municipal waste from landfilling, a target that is in line with the UAE Vision 2021 goals.

RAKWMA, which is an entity of the Ras Al Khaimah Government, aims to build a culture of sustainability and environmental awareness throughout the emirate. Statistics indicate a low level of participation in existing waste management efforts, with just seven per cent of municipal solid waste recycled in Ras Al Khaimah in 2016. RAKWMA aims to build community awareness of the recycling process, enabling residents and businesses to become active participants in Ras Al Khaimah’s environmental efforts.

Sonia Nasser, Executive Director of RAKWMA said: “Our main objective is to significantly improve the Ras Al Khaimah community’s commitment to sustainability and environmental protection from a grassroots level which includes schools and local businesses and the highest echelons of Government.

“Now is the time to act, to ensure we create a sustainable future for Ras Al Khaimah and to protect the environment for future generations.”











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