Waste Free Environment 2014

Waste Free Environment 2014

National Petrochemical Industrial Company (NATPET) Saudi Arabia fully support the important environment initiative called, ”Waste Free Environment Day – WFE 2014”. An initiative of the Gulf Petrochemical and Chemicals Association (GPCA) and is dedicated to both responsible disposal of waste as well as returning our local environments to their beautiful pristine state (litter and rubbish free) where possible.

 

This year on Thursday, February 20th 2014, the campaign will take place in six GCC countries; including Saudi Arabia. Please join NATPET at Jeddah Corniche as we pay tribute to our beautiful region and our loving country the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 

The GPCA estimates that less than 10% of plastic is recycled in the Gulf. Out of the 80 million tons of waste generated in the GCC each year, plastic waste is responsible for approximately 33% or 26 million tons. The Waste Free Environment Day campaign sets out to:

 

  • Increase both corporate and public awareness of the amount of plastic (and other) waste thrown away each year in the Gulf and to inspire both groups to reduce wastage and to recycle;
  • Underscore the beauty of the Gulf environment and to both inspire corporations and members of the public to strive to ensure that environment remains as pristine as possible;
  • Inspire school students to stop littering, to collect waste and to recycle;
  • Demonstrate the plastic industry’s dedication to waste reduction, recycling and the maintenance of a clean environment.

 

More than 100 divers and schools children are taking part at Jeddah corniche on 20th February 2014 on WFE day, The professional divers will Clean /Remove the fishing lines under the three combined white bridges, Jeddah Corniche, recovered fishing lines will be sent to Recycle company.

 

Demonstration of recycle company will also be there at cornice so as children could understand the benefit of recycling and avoid throwing things in the environment. In addition to these, there will be lots of fun and awareness program on protecting environment.

 

We thanks to all and specially to our supporters Alnabta and Century Events for making this event memorable.

 

 

Q-1 What is Waste Free Environment Day ?

 

Waste Free Environment Day – WFE is an initiative of the Gulf Petrochemical and Chemicals Association (GPCA) and is dedicated to both responsible disposals of waste as well as returning our local environments to their beautiful pristine state (litter and rubbish free) where possible. Campaign will take place on February 20th 2014, in six GCC countries; including Saudi Arabia.

 

It is estimated (GPCA source) that less than 10% of plastic is recycled in the Gulf. Out of the 80 million tons of waste generated in the GCC each year, plastic waste is responsible for approximately 33% or 26 million tons. The Waste Free Environment Day campaign sets out to:

 

  • Increase both corporate and public awareness of the amount of plastic (and other) waste thrown away each year in the Gulf and to inspire both groups to reduce wastage and to recycle;
  • Underscore the beauty of the Gulf environment and to both inspire corporations and members of the public to strive to ensure that environment remains as pristine as possible;
  • Inspire school students to stop littering, to collect waste and to recycle;
  • Demonstrate the plastic industry’s dedication to waste reduction, recycling and the maintenance of a clean environment

 

Q-2 Why NATPET is sponsoring this event, in Jeddah KSA ?

National Petrochemical Industrial Company (NATPET) Saudi Arabia,  being one of the active member of GPCA fully support this important environment initiative and sponsoring the event as part of the company social responsibility toward environment preservation and it is our duty to serve the community and maintain sustainable resource.

NATPET with the help of other professionals have arranged around 100 Divers to clean up the sea and simultaneously an awareness program to school children to protect the environment and concept of re-use and recycle where ever possible.

 

Q-3 what is your vision for the Waste Free Environment?

 

Responsible disposal of litter is up to every citizen. The presence of plastics litter in the marine and desert environments of the Gulf are due to poor waste management, lack of implementation in regulatory framework and insufficient recycling infrastructure.” Further being an Environment responsible company, NATPET  is firmly committed to the principle that plastics should not be disposed irresponsibly; they should be reduced, reused, recycled and finally recovered for their energy value “The Waste Free Environment campaign is a reflection of our commitment as an industry to encourage best practices of waste management and to raise the public awareness about the essential societal benefits of Plastics”

 

Q-4 what message you would like to give by divers in action during this campaign?

 

Divers are planning to clean the Red Sea bed to save the corals and sea animals to protect the environment, rehabilitation and protection of coral growth, the life source for over 80 percent of aquatic creatures. The divers will clean the algae accumulated on the surface of the sea that block sun rays, coral surface, and remove the waste people throw into the sea and fishing strings left behind by fishermen. This demonstration would simply a message to public to stop littering, to collect waste and to recycle

 

Q-5 Why is your objective for children during WFE ?

 

As the objective of the program “ Inspire school students to stop littering, to collect waste and to recycle” therefore we have invited children from various schools to provide  awareness on protection the environment and maintenance of a clean environment by demonstrating different awareness techniques such as to identify the waste, method of reduce and reuse. Further we have arranged a recycle machine at program site to give an idea how it works and what benefits of Recycle. In short we would like to brief out our children, the future leaders:

  • Appreciating our environment
  • Acknowledging harmful waste that destroys our environment
  • Raising awareness of the importance of recycling
  • Acknowledging the concept of segregating waste

  Q-6 Please explain general message on Environment   awareness program

 Through this program we would like to communicate, protect environment and develop the habit of recycle and reuse, where appropriate.

  1. Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees and 100 cubic meters of water
  2. The city of Jeddah produces around 1.5 million tons of waste yearly, more than 50% of it is recyclable
  3. The environment is considered the most important side in the  sustainability triangle
  4. Around 85-90 % of pollution in oceans are caused by human actions on land
  5. It is estimated by the year 2025 two of every 3 persons will susceptible to water deprivation.
  6. if man doesn’t stop his damaging behavior towards the environment, all marine life will in great danger .
  7. It takes some types of coral a whole year to grow 1 cm, damaging a small part of the coral will kill the whole coral.
  8. It takes fishing lines 600 years to decompose.
  9. Recycling saves energy. Manufacturing one aluminum can uses amount of energy enough to manufacture 20 recycled cans .
  10. Recycling helps preserve the environment for future generations.

 

Q-7 what is your key message for the society on managing the WFE:

It’s upon us what type of future we want for the Future generations, for our Children …Save Environment and let Children Enjoy it too.

 

Let’s go green to get our globe clean

 

“NATPET is sponsoring the GPCA WFE initiative in Jeddah with the help and cooperation of M/s Century Events and Al Nabta.  Century event is arranging around 100 divers as a first step  to clean the red sea, specially fishing line and other waste material while AlNabta is organizing  program for children awareness on reduction of waste and benefits of recycling”

 

This program is being honored by H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz bin Omar Al Jaseer – President-General of the Meteorology and Environmental Protection and companied by:

  1. Dr. Abdulbasit Sairafi – Deputy President for Environment and Sustainable development
  2. Prof. Dr.  Ziad Abu-Ghararah – Secretary General – PERSGA (Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden).