Litter scouts take to skies
Drones to scan for dumped waste
Drones are being used by Dubai Municipality to find litter that has been dumped in mountainous regions and beaches.
The municipality has come up with the scheme in an attempt to reduce the 7,500 tonnes of waste that are generated each day.
Once a location is confirmed to contain dumped waste by the drone, Dubai Municipality sends a team to clean it up, said Abdulmajeed Saifaie, Director of the Waste Management Department.
“It is far more efficient now with the drone cameras rather than sending multiple vehicles and manpower in search of waste in non-specific locations,”he said.
Drones will also be introduced on all public beaches in Dubai to scan for littering, in black and white footage, “to allow some semblance of privacy to beachgoers” and keep the environment clean.
Saifaie said: “Our efforts have brought the amount of waste dumped at landfills from 11,500 tonnes per day in 2010 to 7,500 tons today. “Once the system is fully equipped with smart technologies, we will reduce waste arriving at the landfill by another 20 per cent in the coming years,” he added.
The initiative will be achieved with the introduction of Smart Gate, a GPS vehicle tracking system, and 13 new recycling stations by the end of this year, as well as a gate fee.
A recent Dubai Municipality survey found that 40 per cent of waste is coming from commercial sectors, including hotels and shopping malls.
Saifaie believes that more than 20 per cent of waste found in Dubai is dumped by companies from other emirates. email@example.com
‘The drones will scan in black and white to allow beachgoers a little bit of privacy’ Municipality waste director Abdulmajeed Saifaie