(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) While Eid revellers were enjoying the four-day holidays, municipal workers were busy collecting tonnes of waste from across Dubai.
The Operations and Cleaning Services Section of the Waste Management Department in the Dubai Municipality collected a pile of 2,673 tonnes of rubbish from Thursday through Sunday, an official told Khaleej Times.
Operations and Cleaning Services Section
Operation Units Deira Bur-Dubai Rural Area Total
Total Weight (In Tonnes) 1,232 993 448 2673
Waste collected from Al Mamzar Beach, Park and surroundings during Eid " nine tonnes
Waste collected from Al Mamzar coastal area in one-day campaign before Eid-300kg of general waste and 20kg of cigarette butts
"The total amount of municipal solid waste we collected during the holidays is 2,673 tonnes," said Suhail Mohammed Al Awadhi, head of Bur Dubai Cleaning Unit.
In charge of the waste collection operations during the Eid Al Adha holidays, Al Awadhi said the operation units from Deira, Bur Dubai and rural areas were involved in the waste collection services during the holidays.
A total of 1,232 tonnes of rubbish was collected by the Deira unit while the Bur Dubai unit collected 993 tonnes of waste. In rural areas, 448 tonnes of waste piled up during the holidays.
"This just contributes to 40 per cent of the municipal solid waste collected in Dubai since the private sector takes care of the rest of the waste collection," said Al Awadhi.
Meanwhile, the Al Mamzar team, which worked in three shifts, collected a pile of nine tonnes of rubbish during the Eid Al Adha holidays.
This includes leftovers and trash collected from the Al Mamzar Beach and Park that received record number of visitors.
According to the Parks and Horticulture Department, Al Mamzar Beach Park received nearly 100,000 visitors and about 120,000 visitors flocked to the open beach there during the holidays.
It is believed that the amount of waste generated in the beach and park in the area was lessened after the Waste Management Department ran a special campaign to clean up Al Mamzar Beach Park areas before the Eid Al Adha holidays.
Abdul Majeed Al Saifaie, Director of the Waste Management Department, said in a Press statement on Wednesday that the awareness campaign aimed at the cleanliness of Al Mamzar Beach with the participation of 51 volunteers from Danube Company and support of the department employees.
Saifaie said that the civic body launched the campaign specially to clean up Al Mamzar beach considering it one of the important tourist and amusement places. During the one-day campaign, the volunteer team collected around 300kg of general waste and 20kg of cigarette waste, the municipality said.
The campaign also aimed to address violators indirectly, encouraging them to participate in social initiatives to protect the public health and coastal areas.
"Coastal area is one of the main features of tourism in Dubai, where beaches are quite popular in specific seasons and weekends. Therefore, the Dubai Municipality is obliged to clean up these areas to ensure the hygiene, and to improve the city of Dubai to the highest environmental and health levels," said Saifaie. The drive also sought to alert the coastal areas' visitors about the fines as per Local Order No. 11 of 2003 on the hygiene of the Emirate of Dubai.
Officials urged visitors of beaches to dispose of wastes in a healthy way and use waste containers, and to quickly contact the authority in case of any unlawful behaviour by calling the municipality hotline : 800 900.