How do I recycle in Dubai?

Last week, I visited the new La Mer development in Jumeirah. Have you been? It’s very cool, and has a lovely beachside area to relax at for free. Better yet, they have recycling bins – something that is often missing in Dubai. It is great to see a new development making sure that people are able to recycle, and to minimise waste consumption.

However, there are lots of places in Dubai that don’t have recycling facilities. My building is one of them! According to a recent Dubai Carbon report, the average UAE resident generates about 2.7 kilograms of waste every day, with the average European producing just 1.2kg of waste per day. For this reason, I’ve done a little bit of research on where you can recycle your items in Dubai.

PUBLIC RECYCLING BINS

These are the locations of somepublic recycling bins, and what you can put in them. Do you know of any more? Please let me know, so I can add these to the list!

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

MY CITY, MY ENVIRONMENT RECYCLING PROGRAMME

As part of the municipality’s My City, My Environment recycling programme, door-to-door collection does exist in some parts of Dubai. If you live in Safa 1, Safa 2, and Jumeirah 1, 2 and 3, you will have been supplied two 240 litre colour coded bins, each with a different waste disposal purpose. Dulsco runs this service.

PAID COLLECTION SERVICES

If you live outside of these areas, you can sign up for Green Truck Recycling. Green Truck Recycling offer a private collection service that’ll pick up a bin of your materials every week. You can leave out paper, plastic, glass, metal, can and used and broken electronics. While it does cost 100AED a month, it is a small price to pay to help out the environment!

RAGS TO RICHES DUBAI

Maybe you have old toys or clothes that you no longer use, but are still in very good condition. Instead of throwing these away, you can donate them to Rags To Riches Dubai – an organisation that will redistribute the items to children in need around the world. Visit their Facebook Group for more information!

Do you know any other ways to recycle in the UAE? Let me know!

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