Sat 25-02-2017 22:21 PM

EEG organises 20th annual UAE "Can Collection Day" campaign

DUBAI, 25th February, 2017 (WAM) -- The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) recently organised its 20th annual "Can Collection Day" campaign, as part of efforts to promote sustainability.

More than 150 groups from across the UAE, representing every segment of society, joined the environment-friendly nation-wide initiative, which surpassed its annual target of recycling 27,000 kilogrammes (Kgs) of aluminium cans in 2016, and has set an ambitious target to recycle 28,000kgs of cans by the end of the year.

The successful "Can Collection Day" highlighted support for the "Year of Giving" directive by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, by uniting the people of the UAE to build a sustainable nation. The campaign holds special importance at a time when nations are combining their efforts to minimise various adverse environmental impacts through waste reduction and recycling, to have a positive impact on climate change and pollution control.

Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson of EEG, praised the efforts, commitment and co-operation of government agencies, hotels, private organisations, academic institutions and families towards the collection of aluminium cans. The UAE has taken a lead in the field of sustainable development during the last few years, but there is a pressing need to encourage various sectors to go green, she added.

EEG was able to recycle a total of 4,200kg of aluminium, and through this collection, the organisation managed to mitigate 63 MtCO2e emissions and saved 102 cubic metres of landfill space and 956 BTU of energy.

"These figures speak for themselves, and EEG encourages every government organisation, private entity, community and individual in the country to make a positive contribution for the well-being of our planet," Al Marashi said.

She expressed her gratitude to Beverage Packaging AMEA for being the official sponsor and to Del Monte Arabia as campaign co-sponsor. EEG also extended its appreciation for the support of the Public Parks and Horticulture Department, Dubai Municipality; Ajman Tourism Development Department; Al Hamra Mall; the American International School of Abu Dhabi; Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah; Abela and Co.; Al Futtaim Carillion; McDonald’s UAE; Blue, a member of Al Serkal Group; Interserve International; Khansaheb Civil Engineering; Tristar Group; United Metal Industrial Co. LLC and Lucky Recycling Ltd.

Since the inception of the "Can Collection Day" campaign in 1997, EEG has collected over 278,339kg of aluminium cans and prevented the disposal of these valuable recyclables to landfills, saving 6,757 cubic metres of landfill space and mitigating 4,178 MtCO2e emissions.