Major clean-up drive organised in Qatar
Doha, February 20, 2014
Qatar community, downstream industries, schools and universities came together on Wakrah Beach for a regional clean-up’ campaign, for the Waste Free Environment Day today (February 20).
The ‘Waste Free Environment Day’ is an environmental initiative founded by the Plastics Committee of the Gulf Petrochemical and Chemicals Association (GPCA) and is dedicated to promoting both responsible disposal of waste, as well as returning our local environments to their pristine state, litter and rubbish free, said a statement.
The GPCA rolled out the ‘Clean Up, Recycle, Make a Difference – Be Part of the Change’ initiative across the GCC by mobilising downstream industries as well as the general public to take part.
Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, secretary-general of the GPCA, said: “We are firmly committed to the principle that plastics should not be disposed irresponsibly; they should be reduced, reused, recycled and finally recovered for their energy value.”
“The Waste Free Environment campaign is a testimony to our resolve promise here at GPCA to encourage best practices of waste management and to raise the public awareness about the essential societal benefits of Plastics”.
Eight cities in the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar organise activities to increase both corporate and public awareness about the amount of plastic and other waste thrown away each year in the Gulf and to inspire them to reduce wastage and to recycle.
In Qatar, as many as 12 schools and a college engaged in beach cleaning activities at Al Wakrah beach, demonstrating the enthusiasm of educational institutes and of the younger generation to participate in environmental drives.
The students were given four different types of colour-coded rubbish bags and gloves, to sort the waste collected according to their category.
Clean-up event were also organised at other selected locations and awareness activities took place in schools and in four other universities, highlighting issues associated with waste management and littering.
Khalifa A Al Sowaidi, CEO of Qatar Petrochemical Company (Qapco), said: "Qapco is proud to be associated with this prestigious event, to create awareness towards achieving a waste free environment. Being an environmentally responsible organisation as well as a responsible care certified organisation, we are always on the watch for environmental improvement initiatives, and programmes, community involvement, as well as collaborations with neighboring industries to contribute towards sustainable development." - TradeArabia News Service