Dubai Municipality attempts new Guinness World Record
Following the record, Dubai Municipality has partnered with Tadweer (Abu Dhabi) to collect and recycle all bottles in its Dubai facility
Dubai Municipality celebrated World Earth Day 2018 by attempting a new Guinness World Record for the longest line of plastic bottles.
As many as 58,447 discarded bottles were collected from a community that spans 522 m2, while creating a line that extended 3842.5 meters.
The Guinness World Record attempt was carried out by the Environment Department of Dubai Municipality in partnership with Oasis Water.
World Earth Day is an annual event that aims to bring together communities to raise awareness on environmental issues and inspire one another to unite for the planet.
This year’s theme focuses on putting an end to plastic pollution by encouraging the public to use less plastic, re-use more and recycle instead of sending to landfill.
An estimated 299 million tons of plastics were produced in 2013, representing a 4% increase over 2012.
In 2016, close to 335 million tons of plastic were produced across the globe.
Eng. Alya Al Harmoudi, Director of Environment Department in Dubai Municipality, said that World Earth Day is a key event on the annual environmental calendar.
She said: “The theme this year is extremely important as education is central to the future fate of our planet. Plastic pollution is a global issue that must be urgently addressed. We want our community to know and understand that each and every one of them can be change-makers.”
She added that, “encouraging behavioral changes toward plastic use is crucial to a healthier environment”.
Ahead of the Earth Day activities, the Environment Department carried out a plastic bottle collection drive, as collection boxes were delivered to schools, government entities and private companies to encourage them to participate.
The Guinness World Record attempt also provides a glimpse of the amount of plastic bottles that are discarded in the community.
Tasnim Salem Al Falasi, Head of Environmental Awareness Section stressed the importance of a continued dialogue with the public.
She said: “Environmental and climate issues cannot be overcome by any one entity and instead must be a combined effort of individuals, the community and organizations alike.”
The municipality has pledged to distribute reusable bottles to the public as a sustainable alternative to plastic bottles.
Following the record, Dubai Municipality has partnered with Tadweer (Abu Dhabi) to collect and recycle all bottles in its Dubai facility.