Dubai resort to set up compost plan
Dubai, August 16, 2011
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, is set to become the first hotel in the UAE to implement a Bokashi compost programme to improve environmental stability.
Bokashi is a Japanese word meaning ‘fermented organic matter’ and it offers a simple, yet effective composting system whereby all raw food waste is recycled using an anaerobic process.
In autumn 2010, Madinat Jumeirah implemented this programme, producing organic compost which is now used in the resort’s gardens to enrich the soil and improve its water-holding qualities.
The project is currently the only one of its kind in the UAE and was initiated when Bokashi Dubai joined forces with Madinat Jumeirah to create a pilot project in the gardens of Al Qasr hotel.
On average 2.1 tonnes of raw food waste is recycled each month in Al Qasr and this compost is also used to fertilise the hotel’s own organic herb garden.
Originally implemented as a pilot programme, Bokashi is beginning to show positive results as it enables organisations to utilise food waste to produce a soil conditioner with slow release nutrients which is organic in origin.
It is proving to be a pioneering initiative enabling Madinat Jumeirah to contribute to a more sustainable environment, a statement said. – TradeArabia News Service