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Volunteers across the UAE gathered more than 5,000kg of aluminium cans in just one day - all to be recycled

More than 5,000kgs of aluminium cans were collected in a day during EEG's latest collection drive across the UAE.

Events were held on February 25 which saw volunteers assemble at different meeting points to collect cans.

There were more than 180 participants from school, universities, government organisations, corporate bodies and hotels, along with individuals and families.

A skip or pick-up truck collected the cans from the collection sites and took them to recycling centres in the country.

EEG chairwoman Habiba Al Marashi said: "We organised the Can Collection Day in February in response to popular demand by supporters to hold a collection day during the cooler months. We appreciate the proactive involvement of the public, which is why we are always eager to entertain their suggestions.

"Moreover, by holding a special collection day, we hope to further increase our collection and exceed our targets.

"This brings our total collections over the course of the campaign to in excess of 10,000kgs, which is already more than half of the target for this year.

"I would personally ask EEG supporters, environmentalists and anyone interested in doing their bit to continue the ongoing effort and help us reach the target and beyond.

"This activity likewise serves as an important part of our ongoing environmental awareness campaign across the UAE."

The next collection drive day will be held on Saturday, May 8. EEG Events Teachers' Workshop 2010 The Teachers' Workshop entitled 'Bridging the Generational Challenge: Youth and Climate Change' will be held at City Centre Hotel and Residence in Dubai and will be conducted in English on March 29 and in Arabic on March 30.

The sessions will emphasise the role of teachers in helping young people understand more about climate change. Inter School Environmental Public Speaking Competition 2010 The Inter School Environmen-tal Public Speaking Competit-ion 2010 will be held at Knowledge Village in Dubai from April 21 -22.

There are two categories in the competition:

- The Sub Senior Category (12-15 years) which will be held on April 21, where pupils will choose from speaking on two topics - the Impact of E-Waste on the Environment in the Region or the Intelligent use of Water: Conservation or Management? - The Senior Category (16 - 18 years) will be held on April 22 where speakers will either address Global Challenges - Local Actions or The Environ-mental Role the Media can play in the Gulf. Pupils support tree campaign A barren tree is being brought to life by schoolchildren who are backing EEG's latest recycling drive.

Six and seven-year-olds from Gems Royal Dubai School headed to Mall of the Emir-ates to place their pledges to recycle on a leafless tree.

EEG's My Tree in Dubai scheme gives residents the chance to plant a tree in their name if they recycle more than 60kg of waste paper in a month.

EEG says that in joining the campaign, participants will increase the amount of paper recycled in Dubai, which in turn will save a valuable resource from ending up in the landfills.

Participants will also get a chance to have a tree planted in their names.

The first 200 participants who collect the required amount will be given the chance to get planting.

People who want to take part in the scheme should:

Download the facebook application by going to www.mytreeindubai.com.

Collect paper and deposit it at EEG's office for recycling.

At the centre, get your unique ID number and weight of paper deposited.

Enter your ID number date and weight on the facebook application. EEG's headquarter's are based in Jumeirah. Call 04 344 8622 for more information on any of EEG's eco-initatives. New life for mobile phones A campaign to collect and recycle old mobile phones has gathered 403 handsets.

EEG teamed up with Nokia to launch the Mobile Recycling Campaign in May 2009 and as part of this, Borrow a Bin was rolled out in November and December which saw mobile phone collection bins placed in 16 schools and organisations across Dubai for a week.

Studies by Nokia show that up to 80 per cent of any mobile phone device is recyclable and precious materials within it can be reused to help make new products. You can drop mobile phones off at EEG's headquarters for recycling.

Visit www.nokia.com/mea/environment or contact EEG by emailing eeg@emirates.net.ae for more information. Opening eco minds An eco-awareness morn-ing was held by EEG at Mall of the Emirates.

The event in February provided a platform for 'green' companies in Dubai to convene under one roof and showcase their work, environmental programmes and activities that help to make the world a greener place.

EEG said it was a great way to communicate with the public and enhance community spirit as likeminded individuals expressed their interests in the eco-friendly alternatives that exhibitors had to offer.

Adrian Hayes, who is famous for his expeditions to the Poles, gave an inspiring and motivational speech on the topic of sustainability which proved to be a popular highlight of the morning among attendees.

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