EEG collects 6,533 kg of aluminum cans in one day

Environmental group hopes to collect 25 tons by the end of 2013

Cans being collected on EEG's Can Collection Day.
Cans being collected on EEG's Can Collection Day.

Emirates Environmental Group's (EEG) 16th Can Collection Campaign, amassed 6,533 kg of aluminum cans on February 28 2013, and aims to collect 25 tons before the end of the year.

Residents, students and employees from around 252 companies, schools and families brought along several kilograms of cans to several drop-off points across the country

The aim of the drive was to gather cans that would normally end-up being dumped in landfills, and send them to recycling plants instead.

EEG has developed on-going waste management programs including the collection of paper, glass, toners, plastic, mobile phones, tetra pak and batteries to boost the local recycling industry.

The can collection campaign runs all year around, where people can deposit cans at EEG's office in Jumeirah.

The next can collection day will be held on November 9, 2013.

Habiba Al Marashi, chairperson of the group, said more support is needed from the community

"EEG conducts workshops, competitions and lectures to spread environmental culture amongst youngsters and encourage volunteerism. Membership is opened to all and the group receives encouragement and support from a number of local and federal governmental bodies concerned with the environment," she added.

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