A mega event, Dubai Expo 2020 expects to attract 25 million visitors between October next year and April 2021, and of this 70 per cent are projected to come from outside the UAE – the largest proportion of international visitors in the 168-year history of world expos.
More than 200 participants, including countries, corporations, multinational organisations and educational institutions, will gather to explore Expo’s theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.
The organisers of the Expo 2020 Dubai said they have taken a significant step towards its target to divert 85 per cent of waste from landfill after joining forces with Dulsco.
This will be achieved by using the latest technologies to reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose, contributing to the circular economy, where waste becomes a valuable resource for other activities, said Najeeb Mohammed Al Ali, the executive director, Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, after inking the deal with Abdulaziz Mohammed Khan Abdullah, the chairman of Dulsco, to Expo 2020.
Al Ali said: "It is essential to the future of our planet that we live more sustainable lives, and World Expos can play an important role in promoting long-term solutions to environmental issues."
"By collaborating with Dulsco, Expo 2020 has an opportunity to assist the circular economy through effective waste management, helping to preserve our surroundings and shape a better world for generations to come," he stated.
The partnership directly aligns with Expo 2020’s subtheme of Sustainability, and supports the 75 per cent waste recycling target set out in UAE Vision 2021, he added.
Khan Abdullah said: "We are delighted to partner with Expo 2020 to provide sustainable, innovative solutions to waste management, and contribute to an enduring legacy that supports District 2020 and Dubai South."
“Dulsco is a local company that has its roots in Dubai’s community, and has operated in the emirates for more than 80 years. We will use our knowledge, passion and drive, alongside partnerships with key global waste-diversion technology companies, to support Expo 2020 in its target to achieve 85 per cent waste diversion,” he added.
Expo’s collaboration with Dulsco also includes supporting and working with local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which are repurposing glass, metal and other materials using their own expertise and innovations.
"Co-operating with this community of SMEs, the W2R facility will receive, recover, process, recycle and upcycle waste – converting it into valuable resources and products to be fed back into the market," said Abdullah.
Dulsco, he stated, will process organic material using innovative composting solutions such as turning food waste into fertilisers and diverting waste streams to create bio-fuels.
Recyclable material such as paper and cardboard will be turned into mouldable products, such as cup holders, seed pots and boutique gift boxes, for use on the Expo site. Used glass will be upcycled into Expo memorabilia in partnership with local SME ChoChoma, and plastic will be converted into a variety of products such as bags and t-shirts, he explained.
The breakdown of waste during Expo 2020 is expected to include 48 per cent organic material, 39 per cent recyclables and 13 per cent general waste, he added.-TradeArabia News Service
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