Uber drivers in Dubai help in waste management by collecting a tonne of e-waste

Uber drivers in Dubai help in waste management by collecting a tonne of e-waste

As part of an initiative that was jointly steered by the Dubai Science park, Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet city, to promote awareness on suitable ways of waste management, en estimated one tonne of e-waste was collected by Uber drivers in Dubai. The initiative also called on people to play their part in effective waste management by recycling things like discarded music players, television sets and radios.
The participants forming part of the initiative and other members of the community came forward to book Uber rides via the app using the request “Uber Recycle”. The drivers then went on to collect the e-waste from the specified business parks and proceeded to deposit the collection with Averda, a firm that was roped in to deal with aspects of recycling and waste management.
E-waste constitutes a major quotient of the world’s total waste stream and requires specialized skills to recycle it in a manner that is compatible with the long-term goals of environmental sustainability. As a modern city that delves deep into matters that deal with the preservation of the environment, Dubai has ambitious goals of creating a sustainable and innovation-focused environment that is conducive for living and working in harmony with the environment. These initiatives form part of a drive that seeks to propel the UAE into the league of “green” economies.