By Ron Chen, Correspondent ASEAN Region
Dulsco, an integrated solutions provider and the Official Waste Management Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, is all set to deliver the most sustainable Expo ever by diverting 85 per cent of the waste away from landfill using different bespoke treatment and solutions.
CEO of DulscoDavid Stockton said: “We are committed to helping Expo 2020 Dubai deliver its sustainability goals and showcase the UAE’s unwavering efforts to contribute to a more sustainable future for all whist showcasing and maximizing our new technologies.”
As part of Dulsco’s Waste2Resource initiative for Expo 2020 Dubai, waste will be recycled and reused in the event, conserving valuable resources in the process, in line with the Expo’s subtheme of Sustainability and the UAE’s move towards achieving a circular economy. Dulsco trucks powered by biofuel will collect all the waste collected from the Expo 2020 Dubai site and transported to the Central Waste Facility (CWF) built onsite specially for the event to ensure a streamline efficient recycling and recovery process.
Once sorted, the recyclables will be transferred to the larger Dulsco facilities located in UAE, such as the state-of-the-art Material Recovery Facility, which is capable of sorting multiple waste streams per day; Paper Pulp plant, where waste paper is converted into quality molded products such as trays and cupholders; as well as our Glass Upcycling initiative which turns glass collected from various waste streams into prized ornaments, in partnership with SMEs to recycle glass into memorabilia; plastic recycled into retail items such as t-shirts, caps, etc; and used cooking oil into biofuel to power our waste vehicles at the Expo 2020 Dubai site.
Organic waste from the Expo 2020 Dubai will also be converted to compost that fertilises the grounds of the existing site. Even construction waste from the site was recycled at Dulsco’s Construction and Demolition Waste facility and returned to help construct the Waste 2 Resource facility.
Other recyclables such as metal spares and consumable parts will be repurposed and recycled through its upcycling concept store initiative, The New Old &Reloved, which transforms waste into imaginative and stylish home décor.
“All these efforts bring the concept of the circular economy to life which the UAE has been aggressively pursuing as part of its sustainability agenda,” continued Stockton.
In addition, Dulsco will be actively participating in Expo 2020 Dubai with its own interactive platform, its very own Front of House stand at the Opportunity District which will showcase its various sustainability initiatives as a leading provider of environmental solutions and increase awareness around sustainability in the region. It will feature a highly entertaining and educational activity that will test Expo visitors’ knowledge of the 4R’s of waste management – reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle – while highlighting its waste management solutions and how its sustainability efforts are powering better and safer communities.
Prior to Expo 2020 Dubai’s opening, Dulsco launched an animated character, Birdy, that will lead its public awareness campaign in the 4R’s which is aimed at generating widespread support not just for the event but also for conservation efforts aimed at protecting and preserving the environment.
With the opening of the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, Dulsco is working hand-in-hand with Expo 2020 Dubai team to ensure that the millions of visitors who are expected to come will have a sustainable and memorable event experience.