Leading UAE facilities management company, Emrill, has joined forces with Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry to reduce waste in the emirate. As part of its Let’s Reduce and Recycle campaign, Dubai Chamber invited schools, universities and colleges, private and public sector organisations, families and individuals to collaborate in diverting waste away from landfills and raise awareness about the importance of waste segregation and recycling.
In 2018, the UAE ranked as one of the world’s biggest waste producers according to World Bank data. Dubai Municipality estimates the average person in the UAE produces a total of 2.5kg of waste every day. Of this, 77 per cent ends up in landfills according to UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment estimates.
One of the key aims of UAE Vision 2021 is to implement green growth plans for the long term sustainable development of the country. Aligned to the national agenda, Dubai has committed to diverting 75 per cent of waste away from landfills, focusing instead on waste reduction, segregation and collection to recover and recycle waste. Additionally, Expo 2020 Dubai has further committed to diverting 85 per cent of waste away from landfills. This ambitious target is part of its bid to be the greenest expo ever.
As part of the campaign, which took place as part of Dubai Chamber Sustainability Week 2019, Emrill is promoting a zero-waste lifestyle, asking employees to participate by collecting clothes, paper, plastic bottles and e-waste. In the collection period between November 7–26, 2019, Emrill collected a total of 280 bottles, 51kg of paper, 115kg of clothes and 689kg of e-waste, including 28 printers and two desktops.
During the campaign, Emrill also ran an internal marketing campaign, encouraging employees and their families to be more mindful about waste and consciously take steps to reuse and recycle.
Stuart Harrison, Emrill’s CEO, said of the campaign: “It’s been a pleasure to get involved in the Let’s Reduce and Recycle campaign. Emrill is committed to sustainability and we welcomed the opportunity to do a little bit more for such a worthy cause. Over the past year, we have launched a sustainable vegetable garden and embarked on a water conservation programme, using condensation water to clean car parks. This initiative alone has saved over 35,000 litres of water.
“We have also actively sought to reduce landfill waste in the communities we manage. For example, by fitting fabricated detachable algae skimmers to our maintenance pedal boats, we were able to push algae from the centre of the lakes to shore, expediting the removal process and allowing the regular scheduling of cleaning work regardless of weather conditions. This solution has enabled us to reduce algae waste by 25 per cent and total waste volume by 31 per cent.”
Emrill embraces initiatives that highlight the difference every person can make in the pursuit of increased sustainability and the battle against climate change.
Fasiulla Shariff, Emrill’s integrated management system manager led the internal campaign. He said: “Initiatives of this type change the mindset of our people. They then go home and share this information with their friends and family, creating a ripple effect. If we all take steps to reduce waste and become more sustainable, we can have a major collective impact.
“Our campaign reached 7,500 employees and generated real involvement from our team members, customers, supply chain and stakeholders.”
All materials were collected by authorised waste management and recycling companies.
Emrill Services LLC is a multi-award-winning integrated facilities management provider in the UAE. With over 7,500 directly employed staff, the company offers the full range of hard and soft FM and manned security services with innovative solutions tailored to support its clients, including cutting-edge energy solutions and real-time performance management systems. Emrill commands an exceptionally high level of client retention and has enjoyed continuous growth since its formation.
As an industry leader, Emrill helps organisations shape environments and create great places to live, work and visit while achieving their commercial goals through providing a range of highly effective FM solutions. Sectors serviced include residential, commercial, industrial and master communities, as well as industries as diverse as aviation, healthcare, retail, hospitality, oil and gas, education and leisure. Emrill’s mission to be the region’s preferred facilities management partner is being achieved by providing quality services, ensuring safety and building trusted relationships based upon mutual values. Emrill strives for excellence through embracing innovation and empowering its people to be their best through a strong commitment to education and development and employee welfare.
Emrill was highly commended in the Overall FM Company of the Year category in 2019’s Facilities Management Middle East Awards in addition to winning this award five times in eight years. Sustainability is at the core of Emrill’s business strategy, being highly commended for its organic community garden initiative in 2019 and winning the Engineering Service of the Year award in both 2017 and 2018 for its Energy Performance Contract and community water conservation programmes. Committed to continuous improvement, Emrill won the award for Technology Implementation of the Year for its efficiency-enhancing app. Building on this success, Emrill was also awarded Best Maintained Washroom and Excellence in Training at the 2019 MECHF Awards, as well as the Best Client-Contractor Partnership award, attesting to its track record of quality service delivery and client satisfaction.
As the first FM Company to be awarded the Dubai Chamber CSR Label for its sustainable and responsible corporate practices, the company has now held this title for seven consecutive years.
Operating to the highest international standards, ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2018 and ISO 41001:2018, NICEIC and BICSc accredited. Clients are fully supported through modern IT infrastructure, dedicated client managers and a 24-hour call centre and also benefit from the newest technology, industry-leading techniques and latest equipment releases consistently delivered through Emrill’s ongoing Innovation and Digital Transformation Programme.