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Smart garbage bins to track errant families in Abu Dhabi

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Smart garbage bins to track errant families in Abu Dhabi

Households producing excessive waste can be monitored

    • By Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporter
    • Published: 21:00 January 7, 2014
    • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Binsal Abdul Kader/ Gulf News
  • Ahmad Al Suwaidi, contract manager for waste collection and cleaning at the Centre of Waste Management – Abu Dhabi is explaining how waste should be segregated while disposing of into waste bins. The centre is installing 30,000 (thirty thousand) smart bins in neighbourhoods, which are monitored by the advanced radio-frequency identification (RFID) remote sensor systems.

Abu Dhabi: ‘Smart bins’ can now track how much rubbish people are throwing away — meaning households who are producing excessive waste can be identified.

A campaign to segregate waste by the Centre of Waste Management-Abu Dhabi (CWM) is being expanded into new areas. The centre is installing 30,000 smart bins in neighbourhoods, which are monitored by advanced radio-frequency identification (RFID) remote sensor systems. Volunteers helping out in the campaign told surprised householders the bins can track how much waste they are throwing away.

Each waste bin has an electronic chip with its geographic and technical details, which can be read by a device in waste collection trucks (through RFID technology)

The device is linked to a central monitoring station, which ensures timely collection of waste from containers and their periodic washing.

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Alarm

“If a waste collection truck passes a bin without collecting waste from it an alarm will ring,” a senior official told Gulf News on Tuesday.

There are 15,000 green bins for recyclable waste and 15,000 black bins, Ahmad Al Suwaidi, contract manager for waste collection and cleaning at the CWM, said.

Residents were asked to segregate waste during an awareness drive at Khalifa City A.

Weight

“We can identify those who do not follow this instruction in real time. The weight of the green bin [recyclable] will always be lighter than the black bin. If the green bins are found to be heavier than black bins or if both are even equal in weight, we can conclude that families are not properly segregating the waste,” Al Suwaidi said.

The emirate generates 33,000 tonnes of waste per day — more than ten million annually. Per capita waste generation in the emirate is 1.8 to 2 kilos per day.

However, the amount of recycled waste was not readily available.

The centre employees and volunteers Mawalif and Takatof, act as environmental guides in the campaign.

The campaign covers Mohammad Bin Zayed City, Mussafah Commercial Area, Al Shawamekh, Abu Dhabi Gate City, Bain Al Jessrain, the Officers City area and Khalifa City A.

Eisa Saif Al Qubaisi, General Manager of CWM said the campaign aimed to achieve active community participation and enhance awareness about sustainable waste management.

“We believe this will reflect positively on the general appearance of all neighbourhoods. The important issues of waste reduction, reuse and recycling will also be highlighted.”

Hani Hosni, Acting Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development at CWM, said the campaign will help improve general hygiene and environmental safety.

Taxis to charge Salik from Tuesday

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Taxis to charge Salik from Tuesday

By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
Published: Jan 15, 2013 9:59 PM

Dubai: Taxis in Dubai will start charging a Dh4 toll from Tuesday when passing through Salik toll gates installed across four different locations in Dubai, a senior Roads and Transport (RTA) official told Gulf News.

Tolls for taxis are being reintroduced after a gap of four years, as the RTA upgrades meters that will automatically add toll charges to fares after passing through a Salik gate.

Taxis were allowed to pass through Salik gates without charge from December 2008 due to dozens of complaints by customers regarding the manual inclusion of tolls by taxi drivers that led to confusion and suspicion of cheating.

“We have now developed a system that will automatically include tolls when taxis pass through Salik gates. Earlier we had problems when taxi drivers were adding toll charges manually and there were a lot of complaints, which won’t be the case now,” said Adel Mohammad Shakeri, Director of the Transportation System Department, at the RTA’s Public Transport Agency.

The meters of all 8,000 taxis, including the franchise cabs, have been upgraded and will begin to charge tolls while passing through any of the four toll gates on Al Maktoum Bridge, Al Safa, Al Garhoud Bridge and Al Barsha.

“Customers will have an option to choose an alternative route and cabbies will have to ask them if they are willing to take a Salik route or an alternative route,” said Shakeri.

He added that taxis passing through two consecutive toll gates of Al Safa and Al Barsha within 30 minutes in a single trip will be charged only once, while all rides on Al Maktoum Bridge will be toll-free between 10pm and 6am.

“Our idea is to reduce traffic on Shaikh Zayed Road and drive them to alternative routes, if a customer doesn’t want to pay extra for the toll then he can choose an alternative route and we would like to encourage people using alternative routes,” he said.

However, neither cabbies nor customers are convinced that reintroducing the toll on taxis will solve the traffic problem.

“I think it’s absurd to think that reintroducing Salik will ease traffic on Shaikh Zayed Road, there only 8,000 taxis in Dubai which run across Dubai when compared to over a million vehicles in Dubai, how will a handful of taxis taken away from Shaikh Zayed Road reduce traffic,” said Nikita, a Dubai resident of Dubai.

Echoing her views a taxi driver said: “Many tourists would prefer to take Shaikh Zayed Road and won’t mind paying an additional Dh4 as a toll. I think even residents would prefer paying a toll rather taking an alternative route.”

Free wi-fi for Abu Dhabi airport passengers & New Car Park Rates

Highlights from the Gulf News article:


“… Free wi-fi access to the internet will be made available for passengers at Abu Dhabi International Airport from June 1…”

“…In the last twelve months the airport has operated 12 Internet kiosks, each offering 15 minutes of free access per user. In response to the demand from customers for such services ADIA has chosen to introduce free access for all passengers across its three terminals. …”

“…From 1 June an hourly rate of Dh10 will apply to Terminal 1 car park users and Dh5 per hour for users of the Terminal 2 car park. Short-stay visitors simply dropping off family or friends and leaving within 15 minutes will still have access to both parking facilities free…”

Read the full Gulf News article