Opinion and Editorial

Use less, recycle, reuse more for the environment

Nasser Mohammad (Green View)
Filed on November 11, 2019 | Last updated on November 11, 2019 at 10.31 pm

Now that the weather is cooling, we will start noticing abandoned picnic trash in the desert. Please do not be so careless with our beautiful country.

Something that has come to my attention and has been a cause for disappointment over the years is the lack of interest in the environmental concerns of this country among the general public. While the government may be doing its part to encourage recycling and environmental care, there is not much efforts seen from individuals and even companies.

Plastic pollution is one of the greatest environmental concerns of our time. Plastic contains toxic pollutants that cause land, water, and air pollution, and since it cannot decompose, the waste sits around in our ecosystem for years, becoming a threat to the lives of not only plants and animals, but humans too.

Many a time when I notice restaurants providing plastic cutlery, I ask whether these items are recycled. The answer invariably has never been a 'yes'. Even if some owners do emphasise the importance of recycling, a lack of education among employees doesn't help in ensuring compliance. If companies offer workshops on the importance of recycling and educate their employees on the burden put on the environment due to the unnecessary wastage, we might see a big difference.

Another issue that has come to my attention is that although separate residential waste bins are provided for both recyclable and disposable materials, the waste is not being segregated before disposal. And even if residents do sort the trash, all the bins are emptied into the same garbage truck, rendering any effort made to separate waste useless. It is unclear if this is the choice of the company to save time and money for themselves, or if once again people in general are unaware of what needs to be done to improve the environmental strain.

Now that the weather is cooling, we will start noticing abandoned picnic trash in the desert. Please do not be so careless with our beautiful country. Carry a trash bag along with you and spare a few minutes to clean up after enjoying the beautiful environment. It isn't that difficult, is it? Don't destroy that environment for the rest of us. If we do not take better care of our planet, future generations will not be able to benefit from the beauty that we take for granted. Make a little effort to find a recycling station near you.

Switch to reusable straws and food packaging. Donate your unwanted clothing, don't just throw it away. Encourage your friends, children, coworkers to do the same. Start a movement in your workplace. Make a change for a better future.

Nasser Mohammad is an Emirati writer

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