According to the annual report of Dubai Municipality’s Waste Management Department, only 10.5 million tonnes of waste was produced in 2006.

Construction and demolition waste makes up 75 per cent of the total solid waste generated in Dubai every year.

A joint venture between the municipality and the local Al-Rostamani Group recycles about eight million tonnes of construction waste at the Emirates Recycling Plant, located in the Al Lusaily area on the Al Ain-Jebel Ali road. The remaining waste goes to landfill.

Construction was is the fastest growing type of waste in the emirate. The volume of domestic solid waste generated in Dubai rose by 13.7 per cent in 2007, compared to 3.34 million tonnes in 2006.

Agricultural waste generated just 142,816 tonnes – a 14 per cent increase on the previous year.