ABU DHABI: The Center of Waste Management - Abu Dhabi has launched a campaign to raise awareness amongst the emirate’s youth on the value of reducing waste production through reuse and recycling.
The ‘Students and Environment’ campaign includes seminars and workshops across a number of schools in Abu Dhabi, focusing on the tools and methods needed to reduce waste production from source.
The initiative marks the 16th celebration of the UAE National Environment Day.
Hani Hosni, head of EHS Sector at the Centre of Waste Management - Abu Dhabi, initiated the campaign with a seminar at Mariam Bint Imran School, during which he communicated the center’s recommended methods to manage waste. The seminar also involved a presentation on the center, highlighting the role it plays within the community and the facilities it offers including tire recycling plants, oil recycling facilitiesand plastic waste management.
The campaign will include competitions for students that test their understanding of waste management and feature prize-giveaways for the best performing students.
The first lecture in Mariam Bint Imran School was attended by educational and administrational faculty and students.
Engineer Hosni said, “It is of vital importance that we raise awareness and deepen the public understanding of waste management through the support of Abu Dhabi Education Council both in schools and at home. Our young people are the future of this nation and we must grasp the opportunity to shape their thinking. In addition, we actively encourage parents to push their children into activities that value the environment and adopt best practices to segregate and reuse waste.”
Schools are responsible for a significant amount of daily waste and the percentage of their waste that is recycled remains low. The center is reeducating Abu Dhabi’s youth to adopt the three Rs - reduce, reuse and recycle - both at home and in school.
As part of its awareness building activities, the center will encourage children to create artworks from waste materials that promote environmentally safe solutions for waste.