Many Qatari entities will contribute to the innovative regional campaign Waste Free Environment Day (WFE), initiated by the Gulf Petrochemical and Chemicals Association (GPCA), as it will be held for the first time in Qatar. The pan-GCC campaign was initially launched in 2013 and was a tremendous success as over 2,500 volunteers participated and 10,000 kg of waste was collected across 6 cities in the Gulf.
The Clean Up, Recycle and Make a Difference initiative is designed to raise awareness amongst the public about the need to preserve the environment and reduce the irresponsible disposal of waste.
On 20 February 2014, in eight cities in the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar, founding members of the GPCA and community partners will contribute by organising meaningful activities to increase both corporate and public awareness about the amount of plastic and other waste thrown away each year in the Gulf and to inspire them to reduce wastage and to recycle.
On the occasion of the WFE, a major beach Clean Up is scheduled to take place at Al Wakra Beach, on a 3 km stretch, from 9 am to 11:30 am. Ten schools and one college will participate in the clean up by collecting waste on the shore. The public is also invited to join the Waste Free Environment campaign, to be part of the change and to express their commitment to the environment, by cleaning up the coastline and collecting waste in Al Wakra Beach. In addition, workshops will be organised on site as well as in four universities.
Al Wakra Municipality, the Ministry of Environment – Green Qatar & Environmental Public Awareness division, the Ministry of Interior – South Police, the Sustainable Development Industry Reporting (SDIR) Programme, Friends of the Environment Centre, the Qatar Sport and Environment Committee, Al Wakra Hospital are also engaging in the initiative and offering their valued support and assistance.