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Health and Safety Information Bulletin 09: Waste Management

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Sources and types of waste

Waste is classified by the Dubai Municipality as follows:

  • General waste - A. Domestic waste - It includes food wastes paper, cardboard, plastics, textiles, leather, yard wastes, wood, glasses, tin cans, aluminium, other metals, household special wastes, etc
  • General waste - B. Bulky waste - Waste materials which cannot be appropriately placed in normal waste containers because of either their bulky size, shape or other physical attributes. E.g. large worn-out or broken household /commercial furniture, lamps, bookcases, filing cabinets, consumer electronics, appliances, furnitures, white goods, etc
  • General waste - C. Institutional Commercial Industrial (ICI)- Non-hazardous solid waste. E.g. waste paper. cardboard, plastics, wood, food wastes, glass, metals, special wastes
  • Construction and demolition waste
  • Horticultural waste
  • Hazardous waste

Waste containers

  • Waste must be placed in appropriate containers and stored in refuse sacks for collection
  • Loose or unsecured waste accumulation is not permitted
  • Waste containers should be strong, robust, leakproof and clearly labelled on at least two sides
  • A designated area should be provided to store containers
  • They could be kept tidy and lids kept closed where applicable
  • No hazardous waste or any other liquid waste (e.g. used oil, sludge, etc.) is to be placed inside the container

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Waste collection

  • Organic waste containers should be emptied at least three times a week and containers with non-organic contents at least once a week.
  • The frequency of collection/emptying must be adjusted to prevent waste overflow and in response to public complaints and odour pollution
  • Appropriate times for waste collection should be selected to minimise disturbance to the public
  • Only Dubai Municipality approved providers should be used to collect waste
  • Waste disposal records shall be maintained

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Waste segregation

The separation of materials at the point of collection makes it easier and less costly for recycling facilities to process and recover. Bin Colour coding for 3 bins or more to be segregated as follows:

Type of Material
















Used Batteries


Solid Waste


For further information please consult DM Guidelines:

Technical Guideline No 7. Mandatory Waste Segregation
Technical Guideline No 7. Mandatory Waste Segregation (Addendum)

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