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Recycling in Dubai this Earth Day and Everyday

Today over one billion people around the world will participate in Earth Day. In the UAE, the National Bank of Abu Dhabi is encouraging customers and employees to donate their e-waste such as old mobile phones, i-Pods, cameras, batteries, computers etc. and deposit them at selected branches for recycling.

Over the years recycling opportunities in Dubai have vastly improved. If you are new to Dubai you may have already noticed that many supermarkets, schools and gas stations throughout the city have recycling bins for clothes, cardboard and glass but where else can you recycle?

Holy Trinity Church, Oud Metha

The Thrift Center within the church grounds is a service to the economically challenged of Dubai where you can go in to drop off or buy items for charity. They gladly accept books (in good condition), small household goods, washed and ironed clothes, bedding and curtains.

Take My Junk

They arrive at your home with a pick-up truck and clear away almost anything – bikes, tables, carpets, sun loungers, metal, bits of wood etc. Afterwards they distribute the items to those in need and any items that cannot be re-used are recycled.


This on-line company works with various retailers around town where you can deposit your old, unwanted mobile phones and they then properly reuse or recycle the electronic waste. Many phones are worth cash to the client but if they are not they will still recycle them.

Jacky’s Electronics Eco Exchange Programme

Customers can trade-in devices such as old mobile phones, notebooks, cameras, MP3 players and gaming consoles at any of Jacky’s outlet across the UAE to get a cash voucher for their future purchase of choice. The value of the product is calculated in-store by trained Customer Service Executives who use a custom-built on-line portal to help determine what the value of the product would be, whether it is working or non-working. Jacky’s also offer a value on non-working products, where in many cases a trade-in value is also given and where there is no trade-in value, the will still be recycled free of charge.

Dubai Municipality, Umm Suqeim

You can deposit your old mobile phones, computers, printers etc. for safe recycling.

Emirates Environmental Group

The group have been running a Can Collection Campaign since 1997, supported by two popular action days; “the Can Collection Day and the Can Collection Drive.” The campaign has since continuously gained momentum in rallying support from various sectors of the society.
This year marks the 15th cycle of the EEG’s Can Collection Campaign. EEG would like to invite your active involvement in this worthwhile campaign by participating in the CAN COLLECTION DRIVE to be held simultaneously across the seven (7) Emirates in the UAE on 5th May 2012 between 9:00 am to 12:30 noon.

House of Prose

House of Prose is a second hand bookshop that buy and sell books but also offer a 50% buy-back in cash for those books purchased from them. They have two Dubai locations – the Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road and within Jumeirah Plaza, on Jumeirah Beach Road and offer an extensive range of new and second-hand books, including a large selection of children’s books.

Kit out Kids

A local charity that collects used children’s sport clothes with the goal to provide football kits and PE kits to elementary children in impoverished countries.

Keep reading Expat Echo Dubai to learn about new and upcoming recycling initiatives by local groups and companies.

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