How one emirate aims to stop using landfill for waste
21 February 2014 Last updated at 23:40 GMT
The UAE is one of the biggest generators of waste per person, with most of that rubbish going straight to landfill.
But the emirate of Sharjah, just north of Dubai, now recycles around two-thirds of its waste, and hopes to ensure none ends up buried in the ground by the end of 2015.
Jonathan Frewin reports.
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