DUBAI: About 6,533kg of aluminium cans were collected by scores of volunteers, comprising residents, students and employees from around 252 companies who joined the Emirates Environment Group’s (EEG’s) 16th edition of its “Can Collection Campaign”.
Organisers said the idea was to gather cans that would normally end up being dumped in landfills and send them to recycling plants.
Habiba Al Marashi, EEG chairperson, said, “With the can collection drive, the EEG aims to reach 25 tonnes before the end of 2013, breaking the record since the campaign’s inception in 1997. The campaign has till date collected a total of 174,067kg of cans since the launch of the drive.
The campaign, which will run throughout the year, exhorts individuals to bring their collected cans to EEG’s office in Jumeirah.”Ahmed Mohammed Al Hammadi, director-general of the Department of Public Works and Services in Ras Al Khaimah, said, “Government departments needed to give priority to environmental issues such as the collection of aluminum cans and waste treatment and other campaigns that target environmental sanitation.”Asila Al Mualla, director of Public Services and Environment Department at Fujairah Municipality, said, “We have been encouraging the concept of sorting waste and reducing it — which is dumped randomly in landfills and which has serious consequences on the environment.”
Mahmoud Khalil Hashemi, managing director of Ajman Free Zone Authority, said these campaigns would have a significant impact in preserving and protecting the environment of the UAE.”We should encourage the people to face environmental challenges and threats to public health and address the various forms of improper disposal of waste, in line with the national efforts in addressing various environmental challenges faced by us today,” he noted.
According to Al Marashi, landfill sites —one of the oldest waste treatment methods — are responsible for polluting water, soil and air, which are now banned in some of the world’s developed countries.She added that the EEG’s waste management programmes included collection of paper, glass, toners, plastic, mobile phones and batteries to provide a boost to the local recycling industry.