Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) organized its 13th cycle of Waste Management and Recycling Programs Awarding Ceremony in commemoration of World Environment Day on the 10th of June at the Knowledge Village. The Awards this year were honored by the presence of H.E. Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, former Minister of Environment and Water and EEG Honorary Member; H.E. Saeed Al Tayer, CEO of DEWA and EEG Honorary Member; H.E. Major General Mohammed Al Marri, Director General Department of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs, Dubai, H.E. Major General Abdul Rahman Rafee, Director General of the General Department of Community Services, Dubai Police; ambassadors, EEG Honorary members, Executive Committee Members and VIPs.
Every year, these Awards are held to honor and recognize the efforts of participants and members of EEG who are committed to recycling and managing their waste effectively. This occasion was also an opportunity for EEG to show its appreciation to its sponsors and supporters throughout the year.
EEG’s waste management programs elicit participation from every strata of society – individuals, schools, universities, corporates and government entities. The waste management awards are organized to give back to the society that has actively participated in programs and campaign over the years. With the UAE having one of the highest rates of waste generation in the world, it is imperative that waste management and recycling is taken seriously by everyone.
The event began with EEG Chairperson, Mrs. Habiba Al Marashi, welcoming all the participants, winners and sponsors. She went on to commend the achievements of the winning individuals, schools and companies, who are dedicated in making a difference. According to her, each one of us must be committed enough to make the world a better place for us and for the future generation.
The Waste Management and Recycling Program Awards are in line with EEG’s mission to raise environmental awareness as recycling and proper waste management are vital components of the country’s strive to lower its carbon footprint and move closer to sustainability.
The various waste management programs of EEG include Can, Glass, Paper, Plastic, Toner and Battery collections.
EEG recently completed it Can Collection Campaign and Drive on the 8th of May and was able to collect a record breaking 23,000 kilograms of Aluminum Cans from September 2009 to May 2010 from individuals, companies, families and educational institutions. This is a 30% rise from the last campaign that saw the collection of 18,000 kilograms of Aluminum Cans.
In 2009, EEG was able to collect a total of 1,242,948 kilograms of paper for recycling. It was also successful in diverting 112,061 kilograms of plastic from landfills.
Glass collected by EEG in the year 2009 amounted to a total of 197,354 kilograms, which has been recycled and reused.
The toner collection campaign that began in May 2001 resulted in a collection of 8,173 cartridges in the year 2009. The battery collection campaign saw a collection of 32,604 pieces or 988 kilograms of batteries. These batteries are properly disposed off by Dubai Municipality.
The list of winners of each of the waste management programs is as follows:
Academic Institution Company Individual
Paper Abu Dhabi Indian School DU-Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, PJSC Haseena Beevi Badshah
Can Pristine Private School Emirates Catering Mohammed Ali Badshah
Plastic American Community School British Petroleum – Sharjah Akbar Badshah
Glass American School of Dubai Park Hyatt Hotel Sharon Snaas
Toner Dubai Womens College Atkins Middle East Haseena Beevi Badshah
Battery Dubai International Academy Dolphin Energy – Abu Dhabi Akbar Badshah
Sponsors and media supporters of the Can Collection Campaign consisting of Emal, PepsiCo, Al Safi Club for Friends of the Environment, Khaleej Times, 7Days and Gulf News were also honored at the event.
The Waste Management and Recycling Programs Awards this year were sponsored by Al Safi Club for Friends of the Environment, Al Rostamani Group, Tiger Profiles and Insulation LLC, Brother International FZE, Swiss International, Xerox Emirates, Canon Middle East and Clifford Chance.
The multitude of prizes given away by EEG included airlines tickets, desktops, laptops, scanners, mobiles phones, cameras and crystals.
A total of 74 companies, 48 academic institutions and 47 individuals was recognized during the event.
The event was also an opportunity for the announcement of the results of EEG’s Environmental Drawing Competition that was held in commemoration of UAE Environment Day. This competition was held for two categories – between the age groups of 6-8 years and 9-11 years. The topic for the first group was “It’s Our World” and the topic for the older group was “Protection and Conservation of Wildlife”. EEG also arranged for a special display area where the drawings of the winners were exhibited. The winner of the 6-8 age group was Raj Aryan (The Indian High School, Dubai) and the winner of the 9-11 age group was Shahriar Rashid (Ibn Seena English High School, Sharjah).
This year, too, the popular sideline event, Art from Waste exhibition, was organized along with the Awards. This exhibition showcased the creativity and talent of school students as they displayed their curios and art work made from scrap and waste. Students came forth with innovative artwork such as curios, dolls, photo frames, doll houses, animals – all made from wastes such as plastic containers, old paper and magazines, aluminum cans and the like.
The Awards were also marked by beautiful performances by EEG member schools such as Rashid Al Awal and Indian High School, depicting various environmental themes such as ‘Caring for the Environment’ and ‘Deforestation and Biodiversity Conservation’, respectively.
The Awards were attended by a total of 300 people this year. These composed of government officials, winners of the various waste management programs, representatives of the corporate world, academic institutions, media, individuals and families. EEG sponsors and supporters of the entire year were also present and honored.
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