Dubai Municipality’s 24th Clean Up the World campaign witnessed the participation of more than 34,000 volunteers from 512 government, private and non-governmental organisations collecting more than 6,000 tonnes of waste.
Waste was collected from the desert, coastal areas, residential and commercial establishments during the week-long clean-up drive.
More than 7,000 volunteers from private companies gathered at Deira Corniche on the last day of the campaign along with their families.
Eng. Talib Julfar, Assistant Director General of Dubai Municipality for Environment and Public Health Services Sector said that the aim of this event was to develop a positive attitude towards the local environment and enhance social responsibility towards the country.
“This campaign, since 1994 to this day, embodies the concept of true partnership between society and the environment,” he said.
“This year, many private companies were involved in waste collection which involved several heavy vehicles as well. In addition the student community from the public and private schools made up a total of 15,215 volunteers. We are very pleased with the large participation of the volunteers, who were brought together by the love of the environment and volunteering,” Julfar said.
Eng. Abdulmajeed Sifai, Director of Waste Management Department and Clean Up the World Campaign Leader said that the activities of this year began with the inauguration of the “Awareness Forum for Students”, in which lectures and awareness papers were given to more than 700 students at the New World School with the participation of awareness leaders like the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), and Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.
“We also carried out a number of initiatives that enhance the culture of waste sorting such as the Giant Bag initiative at the Lulu Hypermarket in Al Barsha, through which we could collect more than a million plastic bottles and the “Recover the value of your waste in food coupons” campaign, through which we could encourage a large segment of the public on the importance of proper and sustainable disposal of recyclable household waste,” he said.
Sifai said that the authority also saw 40 schools participate in a special competition to collect recyclable materials, of which the results will be declared soon.