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Expatriate Health Insurance News: Expats and Emiratis join forces to rejuvenate landfill site

Expatriates have come together with young Emiratis to bring life back to the Al Ghusais landfill site on the border between Dubai and Sharjah.

The project was organised by the Synergy youth group and saw 45 Emiratis and five expats planting 150 damas trees at the locations where rubbish is piled 20-metres high.

Representatives from the Dubai Municipality oversaw the exercise, which is part of the Green Spaces – New Life initiative.

The idea is that the trees will help to absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen into the atmosphere.

Salem Mohammad Al Mazroui, who was involved in the planting, told Gulf News: "Such events result in a greater motivation to protect and preserve the environment.

"Environmental volunteering, whether in parks, gardens, or with our native animals, is great for the mind, body and soul."

The Al Ghusais project is not the first of its kind, as Synergy has planted some 800 trees at landfill and treatment plants since January.

More than 250 of the damas trees were introduced to the Jebel Ali hazardous waste treatment facility earlier this year and 50 more at the Al Tadweer plant.

This variety of tree has been chosen as it is particularly good at absorbing carbon dioxide and grows quickly in desert conditions.

The Dubai Municipality is aiming to remove 250,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide and reduce methane emissions annually through the Clean Development Mechanism initiative in association with the United Nations.

Adding trees to polluted areas is one way of contributing to these aims and getting the community and expats involved is a good way to help teach responsibility.

Anita Nouri, business development director of Green Energy Solutions and Sustainability, told the news provider: "With the installation of our system, we are able to keep the landfill active to continue receiving waste for many more years."

The organisation also looks at ways to harness the harmful greenhouse gases that are produced and transform them into reusable forms of energy.

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