About Pratima Pandey

Pratima Pandey is an environmental volunteer based in UAE. She has an M.Phil degree in Economics from IGIDR, a reputed research organisation in India. She has graduated in Agriculture from GBPUAT, a leading agricultural university in India. She has a diverse professional experience as an academic writer, and risk banker. Presently, she is actively involved in generating research reports and awareness material to promote the cause of environment conservation, sustainable waste management and climate change mitigation.

Plastic Waste Management in UAE

Plastics are an inseparable part of modern society. However, their safe disposal is a big and highly challenging issue. A typical UAE resident uses 450 plastic water bottles on an average in a single year1. With the equivalent of 43 gallons on an average per person in 2011, the United Arab Emirates had the fourth-highest level of bottled water consumption in the world. A whopping 11 billion plastic bags are used annually, according to statistics from UAE’s Ministry of Environment and Water. This goes on to add up to an annual overall waste of 912.5 kilogram per capita2, 3, and 4. These … Continue reading