Ras al Khaimah continues the crusade to keep the emirate’s beaches clean
The last beach clean-up at Al Margan was a huge success with over 300 volunteers from all over the UAE collecting 1,320 kgs of waste in one hour. RAK Recycles - a pioneering, Emirate-wide recycling initiative that was created within RAK Waste Management Agency in June 2017 - has been conducting weekly clean-ups of Ras Al Khaimah’s beaches since the campaign started, using small but dedicated groups of volunteers from the community. Recognising the need for more manpower and the importance of unifying to protect the environment, RAK Recycles has joined forces with EPDA to carry out a series of beach clean-ups in Ras Al Khaimah.
Janet Hartenzberg, Outreach Co-ordinator of RAK Recycles, said “As an agency we are beyond proud of how members of the Ras Al Khaimah community have volunteered their free time to clean up our beautiful beaches. The RAK Recycles beach clean-up initiative is doing more than removing a colossal amount of ‘one use’ plastic and other litter from the beaches; it aims to educate the public about the virtues of sustainability - inspiring people to recycle because they want to, not because they have to.”
Approximately 50% of waste that is found on beaches is washed in by the current, much of this waste being produced by fishermen who discard their fishing nets and lines while at sea. Such waste proves the most difficult to extract given that it lies beneath layers of sand and has often broken into many pieces. To rid the shore of this below-the-surface litter, a beach cleaning machine must be used. The other 50% of waste is litter left by visitors to the Emirate’s beaches who fail to correctly dispose of polystyrene, an array of plastic items, tin cans and the like.