Ukulhas is known to be the first ever Systematic Waste Management established inhabited islands in the Maldives. The systematic waste managing was established on 1st November 2011.
Composting in Ukuhas at the waste management center
As a result of systematic waste management in the island, Ukulhas is marked as an environmentally role model island among all other inhabited islands of Maldives. As a symbolic love with environment and cleaning, ukulhas marks 1st of January of each year as a cleaning day in the name of ‘Saafu Ukulhas’ (clean ukulhas). Environmental awareness programs and waste management workshops are also conducted each year in Ukulhas, which is usually organized by EPA in collaboration with other island councils.
Today people of ukulhas or ukulhas households do not require going out for dump their garbage; instead of that, island council manages household garbage in a systematic manner. For outside trash management, dustbins have been kept in an adequate distance everywhere in the island. People in the island may not require throw away their litters such as cans, bottle, papers etc. As a result of systematic waste management and dustbin placement over the island, the island and its beaches are clean and tidy.