Dulsco participates in no plastic bags initiative
Dulsco to work with Dubai Municipality, Union Cooperative for campaign
Dulsco has partnered with Dubai Municipality and Union Cooperative to start a new “Say No to Plastic Bags” campaign that aims to educate the public on the environmental impact of plastic bags and ways to reduce or avoid their usage.
As part of the initiative, Dulsco volunteers teamed up with 14 members from the Nashama UAE volunteers group to educate and raise awareness among school children and shoppers around the city.
To kick-start the campaign, Dulsco also arranged for the distribution of 1,000 reusable bags among members of the general public on World Environment Day.
Commenting on the initiative, Eng. Abdul Majeed Saifaie, director of waste management department, Dubai Municipality, said: “We launched this campaign recently to educate public that non-biodegradable bags are extremely harmful to the environment. With support from partners like Dulsco and the Nashama UAE volunteering team, we are certain that we can create a healthy and safe living environment."
"Plastic waste in the region is continuously increasing due to the increasing use of plastics in daily life,” Saifaie explained. “Disposal of plastic waste has emerged as an important environmental challenge in the Middle East where plastics make up for as much as one-tenth of the solid waste stream.”
S. Madhumohan, director, waste management, Dulsco, added: “About 300mn tons of plastic is produced globally each year. Only about 10% of that is recycled. Of the plastic that is simply trashed, an estimated seven million tons ends up in the sea each year.”
“The first crucial step is reduction of plastic consumption,” Madhumohan explained. “Giving re-usable bags to students and shoppers is the first step in this direction. We are very happy to be associated in this important initiative with Dubai Municipality and Union Coop. We thank the Nashama UAE volunteers group for speaking to the shoppers and explaining to them the hazards of using plastic bags.”
Suhail Al Bastaki, media and communications manager at Union Cooperative Society, said: “At Union COOP we are committed to sustainable practices and we work on various programs to educate our shoppers. We are glad to partner with Dubai Municipality and Dulsco for the ‘Say No to Plastics campaign.’ The feedback from our customers has been very positive and we look forward to being an active partner in this initiative.”
Essa Al Bedwawy, a team leader with Nashama UAE, added: “This initiative was a great opportunity offered by Dulsco and Dubai Municipality to the volunteers to spread the awareness among the society on the importance of using re-usable bags. We must support one another to make our environment healthier for us and the generations to come.”