Ajman joins global clean-up campaign

Staff Reporter / 24 September 2014

The drive sought to minimise environment pollution and was organised as part of the annual environmental preservation initiative known as Clean Up the World Weekend.

The Ajman Municipality and Planning Department and the Ajman Sewerage Company jointly took part in the largest global campaign to clean up the world that concluded on September 21. Employees of the two companies collected solid waste found Ajman Sewerage’s wastewater pumping stations across the emirate.

The drive sought to minimise environment pollution and was organised as part of the annual environmental preservation initiative known as Clean Up the World Weekend.

Clean Up the World Weekend drive aims at raising awareness among communities on the importance of responsibly disposing waste in designated areas and preserving the environment. The initiative — the largest community-based environment campaign in the world — saw the participation of 35 million volunteers from across 130 countries.

Speaking during the event, which involved more than 80 volunteers, Ajman Sewerage General Manager Christophe Ledur highlighted the company’s commitment to a clean environment. Ledur said that waste management was a responsibility that needed to be shared equally by all to protect and maintain the environment. He also noted that, with the steady rise in the population of the emirate, there was a greater need to instill a culture of disposing of solid waste, such as paper, plastic bottles and wood, responsibly for the benefit of all.

He said: “This can only be achieved by working very closely with the Ajman authorities, the business community and the people of Ajman. By facilitating action at a local level, Clean Up the World will produce tangible benefits and improvement to the environment both locally and globally. This, we believe, is key to sustainable development.”

Joining Ledur, Humaid Al Mualla, Director of the Environment and Public Health Department at Ajman Municipality praised Ajman Sewerage for spearheading the initiative and reiterated the municipality’s support for the annual campaign as well as future environmental collaborations. Al Mualla also urged the residents of the emirate to contribute towards a clean and healthy society by disposing of litter responsibly at designated areas.

Clean Up the World, which was officially launched in 1993, is a global initiative under the patronage of the United Nations Environment Programme that seeks to empower communities to clean up, fix up and conserve the environment.

afkarali@khaleejtimes.com

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