How the most sustainable communities in the UAE are going to deal with their food waste

Sharjah and Dubai are at the forefront of sustainable urban development, each hosting pioneering eco-friendly neighborhoods aimed at increasing quality of life and minimizing environmental impact.  

Two neighbourhoods, one goal

The Sustainable City in Dubai is an award-winning, fully operational community that emphasizes renewable energy generation, green buildings, and circular agriculture, all designed to minimize environmental impact while enhancing the residents’ quality of life in a desert environment. At the moment of writing, two of our Waste Transformers biodigesters are sailing to the Middle East, to provide for both communities, a new on-site transformative way of valorizing their own food waste.  

Sharjah Sustainable City, developed by Shurooq and Diamond Developers, balances modern luxury with environmental stewardship. This community features energy-efficient homes, water recycling, and extensive green spaces. Our Waste Transformers are going to play a crucial role in these sustainable cities by processing food waste and thereby generating green energy and fertilizer for the community. The tangible local solution will inspire residents and children to rethink what to do with food waste. 

The Sustainable City in Dubai (Source:

A new way to valorize neighborhoods’ food waste

The launch of The Waste Transformers in the Middle East, is going to play a pivotal role in advancing sustainability within Sharjah and Dubai’s eco-friendly communities by addressing food waste challenges. The willingness to separate food waste streams is high in these communities. On a regular basis the food waste is collected door-to-door and because of to the local operations, the food waste is directly processed. Especially in warmer climates, this is essential, to eliminate odour and pests. Normally waste is trucked on dirty diesel and dumped on a landfill. Food waste is the biggest producer of the greenhouse gas methane in landfill, and in this way it allows the region to reuse the much needed nutrients, reduce greenhouse gasses to heat up our atmosphere and a new approach towards fertilizing horticulture can start, replacing the chemical fertilizers.  

From food waste to natural fertilizer 

Once the food waste is processed inside The Waste Transformer, the anaerobic bacteria turn the food waste into biogas. The nutrients in the food waste form the basis of a natural liquid fertilizer. In line with the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan, Dubai Municipality aims to build 30 new parks over the next year. Having a good topsoil to grow vegetation is key. Using circular natural nutrients, harvested from the city’s food waste stream itself, allows the city to spread food waste awareness as an oil spill. It will allow the parks to bloom, even in a desert climate and enable residents to cool down in the shade of a tree, just by valorized food waste.


Impact on Society 

The implementation of The Waste Transformers’ biodigesters in Sharjah and Dubai’s sustainable cities has a profound impact on society. By effectively managing food waste and converting it into renewable energy, we significantly reduce the cities’ reliance on fossil fuels, thereby lowering greenhouse gas emissions. This transition to cleaner energy sources enhances air quality.  

The Waste Transformers biodigesters also create green jobs and educational opportunities, raising awareness about sustainability practices and encouraging community involvement. Residents are empowered to participate in food waste reduction and recycling efforts, fostering a culture of environmental responsibility. Our Waste Transformers exemplify practical applications of circular economy principles, inspiring other communities to adopt similar sustainable solutions. 

About The Waste Transformers: The Waste Transformers is a Dutch cleantech pioneer, providing on-site innovative technologies to transform unavoidable food waste into sustainable energy and natural fertilizers, enabling local positive change.

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