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UAE campaigns collect 1.6mn kg waste in 2015

Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) handed out 70 recycling honours at the 19th edition of its Annual Awarding Ceremony, held recently, to commemorate World Environment Day

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Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) handed out 70 recycling honours at the 19th edition of its Annual Awarding Ceremony, held recently, to commemorate World Environment Day.

World Environment Day is globally celebrated on 5 June each year.

EEG's ceremony, held in Ajman, recognised the participants and winners of various waste management and art programmes.

Habiba Al Marashi, chairperson of EEG, said the group is looking to establish a culture of recycling in the UAE, WAM reported.

The awarding ceremony witnessed the efforts of the participants towards the eight campaigns by collecting approximately 1,643,743 kg of waste in 2015.

Habiba said that these numbers equate to 26,000kg of aluminium cans, 1,217,646kg of paper, 92,693kg of plastic, 297,805kgs of glass, 4,534kgs of batteries, and 5,065kg of beverage cartons.

The amount of waste collected in 2015 through these eight campaigns helped mitigate 5,353.43 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, and saved 39,342 million BTU of energy, 9,184 m3 of landfill space, and 34,769 gallons of oil.

Al Marashi, in her opening remarks, added: "Year on year, we have used this platform to spread the message of environmental responsibility, and brought to light the champions whose commendable efforts have not just made our programmes successful, but have made a big difference as well."

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