RAK Recycles has teamed up with the Environmental Protection & Development Authority (EPDA) to expedite, what is expected to be Ras Al Khaimah’s biggest volunteer led, beach clean-up.
The clean- up will take place at Al Marjan Beach on February 24th from 9.30am- 11.30 am.
Subsequent beach clean-up activities will take place on March 3rd in Shaam, March 24th at the Bin Majid beach and April 4th in Rams - all within Ras Al Khaimah.
RAK Recycles was created within RAK Waste Management Agency in June 2017 and has been conducting weekly clean-ups of Ras Al Khaimah’s beaches since the campaign started.
Janet Hartenzberg, outreach co-ordinator of RAK Recycles said: “Not only are the beaches in Ras Al Khaimah some of the most stunning in the UAE but they are home to so much marine life, whose habitat is threatened by irresponsible human actions.
“The RAK Recycles beach clean- up initiative is doing more than removing a colossal amount of ‘one use’ plastic and other litter from the beaches, it aims to educate the public about the virtues of sustainability. Inspiring people to recycle because they want to, not because they have to,” she said.
RAK Recycles says approximately 50% of waste that is found on beaches is washed in by the current, much of this waste is being produced by fishermen who discard their fishing nets and lines while at sea.
Such waste proves the most difficult to extract given that it lies beneath layers of sand and has often broken into many pieces. To rid the shore of this below the surface litter, a beach cleaning machine must be used.
The other 50% of waste is litter left by visitors to the Emirate’s beaches who fail to correctly dispose of polystyrene, an array of plastic items, tin cans and the like.