It is pleasing in today’s (11 June 2008) Gulf News to see a report of another recycling centre opening in Fujairah after the HCT Women’s College established the first centre last year. The report says:
A recycling centre for paper, aluminium cans and plastic has opened up in Fujairah as part of the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) proposal to open ten centres throughout the UAE, in partnership with Emirates Environmental Group (EEG).
EEG will operate and manage the ten proposed recycling centres. To date three have been opened at Al Hosn University in Abu Dhabi, American International School in Abu Dhabi and Global English High School in Al Ain, with the fourth opening at Our Own English High School in Fujairah.
A further six centres will open in the coming months across the rest of the UAE. The recycling centres are being set up in educational institutions as part of EEG's Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Campaign, and to boost environment education.
Information about the way these centres operate is posted in the article about the Fujairah HCT Recycling Centre.
The desire to link the recycling centres with educational establishments will certainly bolster environmental awareness and responsibility. The one problem is the lack of access that the general public has to a school leaving them with nowhere they can go to deposit their papers, glass and plastic.
It would be good if a future Fujairah proposal included a plan to locate the recycling centres in supermarket car parks such as Lulus, so that there might be suitable public access.
Source: New recycling centre opens in Fujairah, Gulf News, 11 June 2008.
Image: The bins at the Fujairah Women’s College in April 2007 before they were put into use.
Dr. Geoff Pound
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