Recycling arrives in JVT

It seems we have another reason to thank Nakheel these days.

Two recylcing areas have been set up in JVT. One is located at District 2, Gate 3 (Jumeirah Park exit).


The other can be found in District 9 on Tulip street on the edge of Park 4.


Unfortunately, there is no section for glass. It’s also somewhat surprising there is no bin inside the units so one can wonder how the waste management company will be collecting the recycled items. Anyhow, this is a wonderful start!

And, after many years of driving to Springs to dispose of my daily newspaper, aluminum cans and empty wine bottles, I’m not complaining!!

So neighbors, here’s to practicing good habits with the 5Rs (or 6 as I prefer) for sustainable living, in this order:

Refuse The most simple tactic, say no. Don’t buy or accept things you don’t need!

Reduce  Yes, indeed,this means consume less too!

Reuse  Take reusable bags to the store. Skip the disposal stuff and buy reusable items instead.

Repurpose Can you gift this item instead of trashing it? Would someone else be happy with your second-hand clothes?  Can you make it into something new?

Recycle Use the Nakheel bins for this 🙂

and finally, another way to save the planet is to recycle organic waste by composting. So, go ahead and

Rot! Have you read my article on the Bokashi? It’s perfect for turning our poor sand into fertile soil.

Start today!

You’ll note that recycling efforts, while important, are topped by other critical efforts we all should make.

Comment below about what you are doing to give our planet a fighting chance.


On the importance of reading and the value of libraries…

I don’t generally re-post articles but today I’m making an exception. This article from The Guardian (click to read) recounts the speech of Neil Gaiman, an author the JVT Book Club recently read, on the value of libraries and instilling the love of reading in our children. It goes beyond a passioned plea for saving the good old paper book to demonstrating that a sustainable future for the planet relies on reading.  We have an obligation, many according to Gaiman, to read (fiction he would say) and to imagine a better planet and

“not leave our children with a world we’ve shortsightedly messed up, shortchanged, and crippled.”

What do you think?

Possibly Gaiman’s article could inspire other JVTers to start more book clubs – why not a reading club for kids or teens in the community?? If any new book clubs start up, do let me know so I can inform others through this site. Reading is a pleasure which is even more enjoyable when shared!

Newcomers always welcome to the current JVT Book Club. Just complete the form below: 


recent reading by the JVT Book Club

recent reading by the JVT Book Club