EEG Waste Management Programmes

 

EEG’s Waste Management Programme helps the communities in the UAE to avoid waste being disposed into landfills and hence, increase the quality of health. Residents of all emirates are encouraged to collect specific types of waste, which EEG then collects and sends to be authorized recycling centers. These materials consist of glass, mobile phones, paper, plastic, toner and aluminum cans. Collective actions like this, educates the community about the need to reduce waste and creates a sense of urgency to make this a regular practice.

Glass

Glass has been around for centuries in many forms. Whether it is the cup that holds the water that quenches your thirst or the windows that protect you from the outside world, glass is everywhere. The process of recycling glass is so efficient that the jar you place in the bottle bank can potentially be back on the supermarket shelves within a span of 70 days.

Glass is one of the most useful materials in the world. It is also 100% recyclable because it is made from three different natural materials such as silica sand (silicon dioxide), soda ash (sodium carbonate), and limestone (calcium carbonate). Each time a new glass product is made, raw materials from the Earth are extracted and utilized, and high amounts of energy are required to melt and mix the materials together.

However, glass has some very special properties; it is non-toxic, inert, and can be recycled easily and infinitely without losing any of its characteristics. Therefore, for every piece of glass that is recycled, precious amounts of the earth’s raw materials are preserved and large amounts of energy and water are saved. Therefore, lesser carbon dioxide, which is a damaging greenhouse gas contributing to global warming and climate change, is released into the atmosphere.

Glass that has food or liquid residue should be rinsed out prior to recycling. This helps to reduce smells, mold, flies, and pests during storage at home and at the recycling site.

Upon realising the environmental, economic and health related benefits of recycling glass products, EEG set up its Glass Collection Campaign in 2005. The campaign has been highly successful since its inception and has contributed to the recycling of 2,437,560 kg of glass until the end of 2019.

Join the Glass Collection Campaign to increase your positive impact towards the environment.

Mobile Phones

Mobiles phones contain important metals such as iron, copper silver, etc. and can be recovered and used in other areas through recycling. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, recycling every one million units of mobile phones saves 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, 33 pounds of palladium and 35,274 pounds of copper. This also saves energy that is otherwise used to mine these metals from the earth’s crust. A single, thrown away, mobile phone can pollute around 40,000 gallons of ground water.

Mobile phones contain substances like antimony, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, copper, lead, nickel, and zinc, which are highly toxic for the environment. They pollute the air, soil, water and can result in health hazards such as cancer, fertility problems, childbirth defects, neurological problems and development disorders. Rechargeable batteries of the cell phones are also very harmful. They contain toxic substances like cadmium, lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride, which consist of cobalt, zinc, and copper, and many other heavy metals. These substances may be responsible for lung, liver, and kidney damage.

In 2009, EEG launched the Mobile Phone Collection Campaign. This consists of dialogue sessions with schools and corporations to raise awareness on the importance of recycling mobile phones. The campaign has been highly successful since its inception and has recycled 59,199 mobile phones until the end of 2019.

Join the Mobile Phone Collection Campaign to increase your positive impact towards the environment.

Paper

Paper is made from naturally occurring plant fibers called cellulose, which is derived from wood. Another valuable source of cellulose for paper manufacture is found in existing paper products, and is recovered through the process of recycling. The majority of paper is made from wood harvested from the world’s forests, many of which are not managed sustainably. This causes irreversible loss to nature and biodiversity, as well as reducing the number of trees available to absorb carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas.

Trees and green areas not only provide us with healthy surroundings, but also help to absorb pollutants, reduce the urban heat island effect and stabilise our groundwater sources. The majority of paper and cardboard in circulation can be recycled. Some paper is more complicated to recycle because it blends several elements such as plastics and water-proof coatings together; for example those in food packaging. Generally, household and office paper can always be recycled.

Upon realising the environmental, economic, and health related benefits of recycling paper, EEG set up its Paper Collection Campaign in 2001. The campaign has been highly successful since its inception and has contributed to the recycling of 18,355,825 kg of paper until the end of 2019.

Come on board and join this massive movement to save our trees and environment, and be the positive change.

Plastic

Plastic is one the most abundantly used man-made substance with industries ranging from construction to packaging utilising it extensively. This inexpensive material is also endowed with qualities, such as water resistance and versatility. Manufactured from synthetic materials through energy-intensive techniques such as polymerization, this substance utilises non-renewable sources such as petroleum, coal, and natural gas in its production. Additionally, plastic leads to environmental hazards such as pollution of streams which in turn pollute other ecosystems, and health hazards such as cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption, and developmental and reproductive effects.

All plastic is recyclable in theory but in practice, the level of difficulty of recycling varies as there are over 50 different types of plastics. At present, more organisations are demanding recycled plastic or plastic replacements for packaging purposes. According to the Resin Identification Coding System, plastics can be classified into seven codes, out of which only three are easily recycled. These include beverage bottles, jars, jugs, bags, straws, carpets and containers. Wraps, cleaning bottles, styrofoam cups, accessories, cutlery and electronic are more difficult to recycle.

EEG established the first Plastic Recycling Center on 5th June 2001, commemorating World Environment Day. However, it launched its ongoing Plastic Collection Campaign in September 2005. EEG’s ongoing plastic collection campaign persuades individuals, families, academic institutions and corporate bodies to collect their waste plastic for recycling. In order to motivate people to recycle plastic, EEG provides collection points for individuals, recycling facilities for schools, and recycling bins for corporates. The campaign has been highly successful since its inception and has recycled 1,108,615 kg of plastic until the end of 2019.

Help us in increasing the diversion of plastic waste from landfills by joining our plastic collection campaigns.

Toner

Printer cartridges are made up of a complex combination of plastics, metals, foam, ink and toner. Throwing them into landfill represents a waste of resources and contributes to the growing problem of electronic waste. By recycling your cartridges, you are helping to reduce this waste. Not only can cartridges be recycled and the plastics reused, they can also be remanufactured. In fact, a single toner cartridge can be remanufactured up to seven times. When discarded into the landfill, toners and cartridges take thousands of years to break down and are harmful to the environment as they contain industrial products and toxic elements.

The campaign has been highly successful since its inception in 2001, and has contributed to the recycling of 102,927 pieces of toners until the end of 2019.

Join the green march towards a better environment and help us recycle our toners.

Aluminium Cans

Most people don’t realise that aluminum is practically the perfect recyclable material. Out of the most common recyclable materials that clutter up our landfills like glass, paper, metals, plastics, aluminum is the only material that’s endlessly and 100% recyclable. In fact, it takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminium cans than extracting aluminium from its bauxite ore. Every year, over 500 million aluminium beverage cans are sold in the UAE but 93% of these cans end up in the landfills, which has a detrimental impact on the environment.

The Can Collection Campaign was the first EEG recycling program launched in 1997 to promote and support the aluminum recycling industry and more importantly to reduce power consumption, GHG emissions and divert the waste going to the landfills. The campaign has been highly successful since its inception and has recycled 330,885 kg of aluminium cans until the end of 2019.

Join our Can collection campaigns and contribute in our goal to achieve efficiency and sustainability for a better tomorrow.

Annual Awarding Ceremony

The World Environment Day is an initiative of the United Nations to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the environmental welfare. It serves as the ‘people’s day’ pushing people to contribute positively to the environment on a local, national and global scale. It that stimulates world awareness and shifts the approach towards actions that create a collective power to generate  positive impact on the planet. The theme for World Environment Day 2018, is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time; ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’

EEG established recycling initiatives during the year 1992, when the concept of recycling was not yet established in the UAE. Terms such as climate change, global warming, waste segregation and recycling were almost alien to the local residents. Working with the goal to inculcate the habit of efficient waste management and sustainability among the population in the country, EEG broadened its horizons by innovating strategic recycling campaigns to enhance the level of awareness and instil the importance of their positive attitude towards environment. EEG primarily targets three sectors of the society for its waste management programs – families, academic institutions and corporate entities, under the six waste management campaigns, namely, Paper, Plastic, Aluminium Cans, Toners, Glass and Mobile Phones.

The Annual Awarding Ceremony was first initiated by EEG in the year 1998 to award the top achievers of the Can Collection Campaign. Over the years, the event has grown in leaps and bounds as EEG added more Recycling campaigns to its portfolio. EEG currently hosts six major waste collection campaigns for Paper, Plastic, Aluminium Cans, Toners, Glass and Mobile Phones. Through these campaigns EEG has gained the support of thousands of participants from all sectors of the community – individuals / families, academic institutions, and the public and private sectors.