Volunteers collect used aluminium cans in the UAE.
PHOTO BY EEG
DUBAI – From schoolchildren to professionals in the corporate community and hospitality sector, scores of volunteers took part on Thursday (February 27) in the Can Collection Day, led by Emirates Environmental Group (EEG).
Around 5,235kg of aluminium cans were collected in a single day at designated collection points across the UAE. The campaign is aimed at preventing used aluminium cans from going to landfill, which leads to environment damages and carbon emission.
Thursday’s haul resulted in the mitigation of 78.5 MTCO2 emissions, saving 127 cubic metres of landfill, and 1,191 million BTU of energy. This brings the total collection to 6,943 kg, which accounts for 38.5 percent of the UAE’s target for collecting used aluminium cans this year.
“I am so happy to see the community heeding to the call of environmental conservation by rolling up their sleeves and coming on board this action oriented activity to collect Aluminium cans and ensuring that it gets recycled. This nationwide campaign fits very well with the national strategy of promoting the concept of circular economy and aligns with several of the 17 UN SDGs,” said Habiba Al Mar’ashi, Chairperson of EEG. PR/Expat Media
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