GPCA launches new campaign for plastic recycling

'Clean Up The Gulf' aims to increase awareness of plastic conservation

Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, secretary general of the GPCA.
Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, secretary general of the GPCA.

The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) is launching a regional initiative - 'Clean Up The Gulf' - to promote plastic conservation and recycling.

"Plastics are part of everyday life and its role will only increase as more and more products we take for granted incorporate plastic materials," said Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, secretary general of the GPCA.

"But irresponsible littering behaviour combined with limited infrastructure for recycling in the region and complacency about proper waste disposal are tarnishing the image of a product, which is both economically valuable and eminently sustainable," he added/

With support from INJAZ UAE, a youth-focused community organisation involving business, educators and volunteers, Clean Up The Gulf will assemble litter-collection teams at locations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Jubail, Riyadh, Rabigh and Kuwait.

Employees from SABIC, Borouge, PetroRabigh, EQUATE, Sahara, Tagleef and other GPCA member companies have already pledged their support. Students and members of the public are also being invited to join in.

The GPCA estimates that less than 10% of plastic is recycled in the Gulf. Out of the 80 million tonnes of waste generated in the GCC each year, 33% constitutes the municipal solid waste.

"Local communities also need to do more to prevent such a valuable product blighting the natural environment. The Clean Up The Gulf campaign is the investment of the regional petrochemicals industries, in the responsible management of a vital industry for the world and Gulf economy," said Al-Sadoun.

Employees of the association's member companies and the public will head to DP World's Al-Hamriya Port in Dubai, on February 27, for Clean Up The Gulf. 

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