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ABU DHABI:  The Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport (DMAT), Abu Dhabi, has launched an awareness campaign under the theme: Abu Dhabi Emaraty, DMAT announced on Saturday.

DMAT has rolled this campaign promoting the cooperation of community members in spotting waste and eyesores marring the general appearance of the the capital’s streets, in collaboration with the Waste Management Centre – Abu Dhabi (Tadweer) as part of the strategic partnership between the two parties.

Joint inspection tours were made covering residential districts and streets to detect elements and practices disfiguring the public appearance of Abu Dhabi.

Moreover, the campaign which has spotted wastes left in public and private places, streets, and alleyways between residential buildings and villas, intends to sensitise community members to the importance of maintaining a clean living environment, and shunning the throwing or dumping of waste in other than designated places.

Residents’ opinion on cleaner environment

‘The Gulf Today’ heard from residents on the serious issue of littering on streets.

Their opinions vary. Most of them are disgusted with the irresponsible attitude of both adults and children who dump waste on public streets. Some suggest imposing penalties on the offenders who litter pathways and streets in residential areas.

Street litter includes foam tea cups, coffee cups, cigarette butts, plastic bags, water and juice bottles, chips packets, including the big bag of kitchen waste, even though the streets are equipped with countless trash bins and recycling trash bins in every corner.

‘Abu Dhabi Emaraty’

The campaign has also spotted construction and demolition debris and various containers were also found piled there, in public and private places, streets, and alleyways between residential buildings and villas.

The waste includes green waste trees, plants and grass, etc, that were disposed near containers, on pavements or public places. In addition, furniture, electronic supplies, dead or stray animals and demolition and construction waste, were also found – according to DMAT.

Khalifa Mohammed Al Mazroui, Undersecretary, Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport, stressed the importance of protecting the Emiratescape and called on all community members to cooperate with DMAT, represented by its three municipalities, in providing a clean, safe, health and sustainable living environment offering the highest levels of security, welfare and happiness, and promoting the fine living style of Abu Dhabi Emirate.

Eng. Saeed Al Mohairbi, Acting Director General, Tadweer (Waste Management Centre – Abu Dhabi), said, “Such a move will, in turn, contribute to bringing up an educated community aware of the environmental and economic importance of curbing, recycling and sorting out wastes at source, and accordingly transforming them into resources.

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport calls on the public to dial the hotline of Municipality Emergencies (993) designated to filing reports and complaints. Community members can also contact the Abu Dhabi Government contact Centre (800555) for reporting violations of the public order, eyesores of the Emirate landscape, or any practices causing damage to the safety of individuals, property and public facilities in the Emirate.

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