Volunteers collect
91 tonnes of waste

DUBAI - Armed with biodegradable trash bags and gloves, around 20,000 volunteer joined hands to get rid of about 91tonnes of waste in the ninth edition of UAE’s massive clean up drive that was held through all the seven emirates 
on Sunday.

By Sebugwaawo Ismail And ?ahmed Al Majaida

Published: Tue 14 Dec 2010, 9:10 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:19 AM

“Despite the GCC being known as one of the highest waste-producing regions in the world, I am thrilled to say that the UAE is also one of the foremost in waste management. We must remember that the situations at hand, with global warming and climate change looming over us, is definitely a cause of concern and is partly due to our irresponsible ways. It is, thus, time to give back to Mother Earth,” said Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson of Emirates Environment Group (EEG).

She added that the purpose of the campaign is not only to clean or remove debris and litter from the surrounding environment but also to educate people, create awareness among the public and unify the communities so as to strengthen the UAE’s commitment towards environmental protection and create a sustainable living. More than 700 volunteers participated in this year’s beach clean-up campaign in Ras Al Khaimah’s Old Corniche beach and coastal seabed from where at least 90 bags of garbage and debris weighing 1,200kg including plastic and metallic materials was collected.

In Sharjah, around 1,500 dedicated students from public and private schools helped out in the national campaign.

Since its introduction in 2002, the ‘Clean-up UAE’ campaign, which is being organised by the EEG, has been instrumental in bringing all segments of UAE communities together – from government organisations to private companies and individuals – who wish to do their part to preserve the UAE’s natural beauty.


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