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Clean-up Gulf to take place on February 27.

Dubai: The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) is launching a regional initiative to promote a better understanding of the value of plastics, and encourage more responsible attitudes toward litter disposal.

Clean up the Gulf is a new annual campaign, launched by the GPCA, that aims to become the largest environmental awareness initiative of its type in the Gulf.

Employees of the association's member companies and the public are invited to participate in Clean up the Gulf, which will take place in various locations across the Gulf.

It will take place in Dubai at DP World's Al Hamriya Port.

INJAZ UAE, a youth-focused community organisation involving business, educators and volunteers, will help assemble litter collection teams in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE, Al Jubail, Rabigh and Al Riyadh in Saudi Arabia on February 27 and in Kuwait in March.

Dr Abdul Wahab Al Sadoun, Secretary-General of the GPCA, said plastics are a major part of everyday life and its role will increase as more products incorporate plastic material.

The GPCA estimates that less than 10 per cent of plastic is recycled in the Gulf out of the 80 million tonnes of waste generated in the GCC each year. The amount of plastic waste is noted to be 26 million tonnes per year, which is the result of high consumption of consumer products.

He added: "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."

"The Clean up the Gulf campaign will involve our industries and the local community in keeping our streets, beaches and deserts litter free, educating people in the process that plastics, as a by-product of oil and gas, is much too valuable to throw away," Al Sadoun said.

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Date:Feb 6, 2013
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