Most UAE residents do not recycle
- A survey has found that less than half of UAE residents recycle waste
- However 70% consider themselves to be eco-friendly
- This is according to survey by Dubai online classifieds platform Dubizzle
- About 1,369 respondents responded to the survey in May, which was conducted ahead of World Environment Day on June 5th
Most UAE residents do not recyle their waste, a new survey has found. According to survey by Dubai online classifieds platform Dubizzle, less than half (42%) of UAE residents take part in recycling, despite 70% considering themselves to be eco-friendly.
Around 1,369 respondents were surveyed in May, ahead of World Environment Day on June 5th also showed that only 36% of residents in the UAE are mindful of electricity and water consumption, 35% are aware of their purchases, 32% refuse to buy single-use plastic and paper products and 38% reuse or repair items.
Moreover, 33% and 32% sell and buy second-hand items respectively, with electronics (40%) being the most bought or sold second-hand items in the last year, followed by home and garden appliances (28%), sports & outdoor items (17%), child and baby items (14%) and fashion and beauty items (11%).
However, almost a quarter of respondents feel neutral towards environmentally friendly initiatives such as recycling, while 7% don’t feel environmentally-friendly.
The survey found the most popular sustainability measure to be recycling and waste sorting, with 44% of respondents aiming to do more of that in the coming year.
The second most popular measure to maintain the environment was refusing to buy single-use plastic and paper products (38%), followed by being more mindful of items purchased (37%), reusing an item for more than its primary purpose (37%), monitoring electricity and water consumption more closely (35%), selling used items (36%) and buying second-hand items (31%).
Dubizzle boasts over 2 million monthly active users, and is the biggest second-hand online marketplace in the UAE.