200 bags of waste collected

ABU DHABI — Out of the 200 bags of waste that were collected at the Clean-Up Arabia Abu Dhabi event, a break-down of what waste was collected has been established.

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Published: Mon 22 Nov 2010, 9:41 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:06 PM

The results are quite compelling: 2160 beverage cans, 804 plastic bottles, 486 cigarettes, 359 plastic bags, 319 pieces of kitchenware, 235 glass bottles, 221 food wrappers, 160 pull tabs, 125 paper bags, and 71 ropes were collected.

Marine debris can be harmful to marine life as-well as swimmers and divers’ health and safety.

It also poses a hazardous risk to boats and leisure crafts. On a greater scale, marine debris negatively impacts upon the local economy and can cause a loss in revenue from the tourism and fisheries industry.

The clean-up was held under the patronage of Shaikh Hazza bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan and it was organised by the Emirates Diving Association (EDA), with the support of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD). It was also supported by the Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA), Coca Cola, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Dubai Duty Free. Volunteer divers and residents found 840kg of marine debris waste at the Mina Port near Fishermen’s Wharf. —

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