Dubai Municipality’s Waste Management Department will observe the 24th Clean Up The World campaign on November 19th, under the theme, “Our Place, Our Planet, Our Responsibility”.
The initiative is supported by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and will be supported by all segments of the local community.
Dubai Municipality for Environment and Public Health Services Assistant Director General Eng. Talib Julfar said that Clean Up The World campaign is one of the largest voluntary campaigns not only in the UAE but also in the region. Thousands of volunteers participate each year, with the number increasing every year, reflecting its success to leave a sustainable environmental footprint in Dubai.
“This year, we expected to have the participation of more than 11,000 students from the educational sector and 400 government and private establishments, in line with the Year of Giving. The participation highlights the social role of various parties and leaves a green mark on the society in general and the Emirate of Dubai in particular,” Julfar said.
He added that all provisions were in place to conduct clean-up operations and to ensure volunteer work is executed to the fullest.
“Registration for the event is open on Dubai Municipality’s website from November 2-11. The event will be held from 8am to 11am on November 19,” said Julfar.
Eng. Abdulmajeed Sifai, Director, Waste Management Department and leader of the campaign said: “This year's campaign will include a number of awareness initiatives and programs aimed at spreading the culture of volunteering, waste sorting and reducing, and inviting to contribute to waste recycling programs, which will help achieve the strategic directions of the Municipality to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills."
“We will also organise an activity called the “Giant Waste Bag for Collecting Recyclable Materials” - a special competition will be organised for educational institutions to collect recyclable materials to encourage children to adopt a culture of waste sorting,” he said.
“In addition to that we will also organise the “Environmental Awareness Oasis" in Zabeel Park, which will include many sessions such as recycling workshops, production of art materials from agricultural waste, as well as competitions and awareness sessions for visitors at the park,” said Sifai.
“There will be an awareness program for housemaids, in cooperation with the companies supporting “My City, My Environment” project and the winners will be given prizes,” said Sifai.