Difficult to stomach
July 14, 2013 1:48 by Muhammad Aldalou
Every year residents become collectively responsible for the amounts of wasted food that end up in Dubai’s dumpsters.
Not everyone is guilty, but the waste – particularly heightened during the Holy Month of Ramadan – speaks for itself.
During the 30-day period, roughly half (sometimes more) of all the domestic waste in the emirate comprises of food. A few days ago, The National reported that, on a regular day, food could easily make up to 38 per cent of all domestic waste, while during Ramadan, that number can hit 55 per cent.
Abdul Majeed Saifaie, director of the waste management department at Dubai Municipality said: “it’s ironic that such waste is happening at a time when people should be more in touch with their faith”.
On the bright side, there has been a decrease in the individual daily wastage, courtesy of Dubai Municipality’s annual awareness campaigns. The daily average for individual waste generation in the UAE is roughly 2 kilograms, down from 2.8 kilograms in 2009.
In fact, in efforts to reduce food wastage and mark Environment Day, held earlier this month, the Dubai Municipality launched an awareness campaign, held under the theme, ‘Think, Eat and Save’.
The authority also issued a 10-point guideline on correct practices that all residents should adopt.