Dubai Encourages Recycling
The UAE Resolves to promote recycling
Expo 2020 Dubai is using rubberised asphalt in its roads
The UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has issued a resolution on recycling construction and demolition waste for road and other similar infrastructure projects.
Government and private contracting organisations can use recycled aggregates for 40% of their total building material needs as part of the new resolution.
Ministerial Resolution No. 21 of 2019 permits public and private-sector projects to use recycled aggregates, and mandates local departments to ensure that contractors are collecting and sorting waste generated at their construction or demolition sites.
Waste optimisation is a growing economy around the world, and in the UAE, recycled materials are already being upcycled for one of the country’s largest ongoing schemes. At the Expo 2020 Dubai construction site, the asphalt mix needed to surface 30,000 under-construction car park spaces was reformulated for use. Around one-fifth of the mixture needed to manufacture asphalt for a road came from recycled tyres.
Commenting on the operation in September 2018, Expo 2020 Dubai's senior vice president of real estate and delivery, Ahmed Al Khatib, said, “We carried out a series of comprehensive tests on various asphalt mixes to see what works best in the heat and to determine how much pressure it can withstand.
“All of the construction guidelines we have here are raising the standards for the whole of Dubai,” he added.