Drive leads to collection of over 5,000kg aluminum in UAE

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Drive leads to collection of over 5,000kg aluminum in UAE
Enthusiastic students during the collection drive. - Supplied photos

Dubai - Producing a new can of the aerated drink of your choice is a 100 per cent drain on natural energy.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 12 Oct 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Tue 13 Oct 2015, 9:12 AM

All the canned aerated drinks we consume, all empty tins of baked beans, pureed tomatoes, tuna, cheese - they can all be recycled. About 75 cans make a kilo, a spokesperson from Emirates Environment Group told Khaleej Times. And this time at the can collection drive held on Saturday 5,008kg of aluminum were collected.
Producing a new can of the aerated drink of your choice is a 100 per cent drain on natural energy. But if one is made from recycled aluminum, that's only a five per cent demand on natural energy.
The collection drive on Saturday brought together over 250 participant groups from across the seven Emirates of the UAE.
This brings the total of EEG's collection for 2015 to 19,521kg till date, 72 per cent of the target, with the announcement that the organisation should reach the targeted 27,000kg of aluminum cans by the end of 2015.
Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group, said the collection drive aims to bring people from all sectors of society together, united by the need to fulfil their duties to the environment of this country as "the planet is our home and we have an obligation to make it a clean and healthy one for all its inhabitants".
The participation of government entities, hotels, corporate companies, academic Marashi expressed her satisfaction in the continuity over the last 17 years of this campaign and its role as encouragement for sustainable waste management practices year after year. The volume of aluminum cans collected through this specific campaign since its inception is 244,687kg and has prevented unnecessary disposal of these valuable recyclables at landfills, in turn saving 5927m3 of landfill space and mitigating 5733 MTCO2 emissions.
The event saw the addition of a new location in Dubai at Al Mamzar Beach Park as well as at Zaabeel Park and Al Barsha Park, which have been used in previous events. The opening of this site proved to be successful as a number of the participants were from surrounding areas of the location. Locations in the remaining emirates included the Sharjah Radisson Blu Resort, Ras Al Khaimah Public Works Department, Ajman Municipality, American International School Abu Dhabi and Al Ain English Speaking School.
Fujairah Natural Resources Corporation supported the event by collecting the accumulated aluminum cans from participants in the Emirate of Fujairah so that EEG was able to collect the materials before the event. The EEG team was ably assisted with managing each of the sites by dedicated volunteers from McDonalds UAE, Al Futtaim Carillion, Abela & Co, Emirates Global Aluminum and Sharjah Radisson Blu Resort who attended a series of update meetings in the build up to the event.
We'll say it again: aluminum cans are recyclable. Stop chucking yours in the bin.
reporters@khaleejtimes.com

Along the beach and underwater
Another clean up headed by the Dubai Municipality took place on October 1-2. More than 250 participants (120 school children) gathered as part of the International Coastal Clean-Up Dubai 2015 at the Jebel Ali Marine Sanctuary - the only marine sanctuary in Dubai.
Over 850kg of trash was collected for the beach clean-up out of which at least 70 per cent were plastic bottles and the rest, a mixture of foam and grocery items. In the underwater clean-up, more than 370kg of trash was collected, 50 per cent of which was glass bottles and aluminum cans. The rest was leftover of picnic-related plastics and deteriorated groceries.
 
 

Aluminum cans collected during the drive.
Aluminum cans collected during the drive.


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