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Dubai’s next generation ‘recycling warriors’

Two children Al Warqa School in Dubai have received a special recycling award from the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) for collecting over 20 tonnes of paper scrap. 

Eight-year-old Nia Tony collected almost 15 tonnes of discarded paper this year as part of the 22nd annual Emirates Recycling Awards. She collected the material from all over Dubai with the help of her parents. Nia won first prize and was crowned a ‘recycling warrior’. Runner-up was seven-year-old Lacksana Karthikeyan, who took nearly seven tonnes of recovered paper to the local recycling plant.

Many other youngsters were involved in the recycling project: Namaa Ismall Al Zarooni collected nearly 800kg of plastic scrap, Mia Grayeb collected 320 kg of waste glass and Justina Jibin brought in more than 480 unwanted mobile phones.

In the academic institutions category, the American School of Dubai in Al Barsha won the paper campaign, with a collection of nearly 20 tonnes of paper waste.

According to the EEG, the national waste management campaign helped cut carbon emissions by at least 73 393 tonnes.

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