Dubai: DM campaign collects 8,652 tonnes of waste
Up to 21 government departments participated in the campaign through 1,170 volunteers that collected 49.8 tonnes of waste over a span of five days
A cleaning campaign organised by Dubai Municipality (DM) led to the collection of 8,652 tonnes (9,537 tonnes) of waste over a span of five days, officials revealed.
Up to 32,643 volunteers from 488 government and non-governmental organisations (NGO) – such as community groups, schools, and private companies – participated in DM's Clean Up the World campaign, held between 18 and 22 November this year.
The number of participants is higher than last year's 30,322.
AbdulMajeed Saifaie, director of DM's waste management department and head of the Clean Up the World 2016 team, outlined this year's campaign developments in a press statement.
"During this year’s campaign, 21 government departments participated with 1,170 volunteers who collected 49.8 tonnes (55 tons) of waste," he revealed.
"Participation from government educational institutions was 83 with 5,054 students, who collected 119.7 tonnes (132 tonnes).
"Up to 77 private educational institutions came with 7,219 students, who collected 125.1 tonnes (138 tonnes) of waste.
"The participation of private organisations such as companies and NGOs was also bigger this year, as 307 of them came with a stunning 19,200 volunteers who collected 464.4 tonnes (512 tonnes) of waste," Saifaie added.