‘Re­cy­cling cul­ture must be taught’

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A UAE en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist says more must be done to teach res­i­dents about the im­por­tance of re­cy­cling. Habiba Al Marashi, chair­per­son of Emi­rates En­vi­ron­men­tal Group, said the group has car­ried out sev­eral aware­ness cam­paigns to en­cour­age peo­ple to re­cy­cle waste and also teach them the im­por­tance of re­cy­cling to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment. “We have done a lot of en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness but still more needs to be done to ed­u­cate the pub­lic on re­cy­cling,” she told 7DAYS. “Peo­ple need to be taught how to seg­re­gate wastes at home and put them in two sep­a­rate bags be­fore dump­ing in the bins.” She said al­though au­thor­i­ties have helped in en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to re­cy­cle through ini­ti­at­ing waste-re­cy­cling pro­grammes such as dif­fer­ent coloured re­cy­cling waste bins, peo­ple need to know how to use the bins to im­prove the pro­gramme’s im­pact.” “The dis­tri­bu­tion of the re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties needs to be ac­com­pa­nied by in­ten­sive aware­ness pro­grammes on the tech­niques of re­cy­cling and a com­plete list of re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als,” she added. “Some res­i­dents are not aware of the re­cy­cling plan and there­fore need to be in­formed or taught through the dis­tri­bu­tion of brochures, lec­tures and other pro­grammes.” Al Marashi urged pub­lic de­part­ments and other non­govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions to join the cam­paign to help pro­mote re­cy­cling.

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