“Through the participation of the environmental volunteer teams in the first half of this year, we have been able to collect more than 130,000 cigarette butts using 170 specialised volunteer hours for this purpose only,” said Abdul Majeed Saifaie, Director of Waste Management Department and Head of the Awareness Team on Sustainable Waste Management at Dubai Municipality.
“Since the beginning of this year, approximately 1,500 volunteer hours have been completed, and these 1,500 participants represented more than 32 organisations - a significant increase over last year. The increase in the number
of participants reflects the success of the initiative in attracting the largest number of participants, which is the fruit of marketing our activities through the social media networking sites,” pointed out Saifaie.
He said the volunteers accomplished many cleaning tasks, such as removing cigarette butts on the beaches, removing random posters in commercial areas, getting rid of the waste in landfill areas, cleaning industrial and residential areas, and contributing to the field of awareness. Saifaie stressed the importance of creating and supporting voluntary opportunities because of their clear contributions in supporting the efforts of preserving the environment and the civilised appearance of the emirate.