Emirates Environmental Group

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Emirates Environmental Group
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
TypeNon-governmental organization
FocusEnvironmentalism, recycling
Area served
United Arab Emirates
MethodWorkshops, awareness
Key people
Habiba al Marashi - Founder and Chairperson

The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) is a non-governmental professional working group founded in 1991 in Dubai, UAE. EEG is composed of corporate members, federal and local government agencies, reputed regional and international institutions, universities, colleges and schools, as well as students, individuals and families. With more than 2,000 volunteers from across UAE, EEG considered as one of the most active environmental NGO's in the region. Its office is in Jumeirah, Dubai.


The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) is a professional working group devoted to protecting the environment through the means of education, action programs and community involvement. EEG is open to men and women of all nationalities and all ages and is actively encouraged and supported by concerned local and federal government agencies. It is the first environmental NGO in the world to be ISO 14001 certified and the only organization of its kind in the UAE with accredited status to the United Nations Convention to Combating Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). EEG is a signatory of the UN Global Compact and a focal point of the Global Compact in the GCC states. EEG is also a member of the International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN). The overall objective of EEG is to contribute positively to the advancement of sustainable development in Dubai and the UAE by acting as a focal point for people of all nationalities and ages concerned with environmental protection and responsible waste management.

Recycling campaigns[edit]

EEG has a range of various recycling campaigns.

Paper recycling[edit]

One of EEG's first recycling campaigns was paper recycling. Since the 1990s, it has collected 9,115,782 kg of paper from its members and then it is sent to the factories for recycling

Can recycling[edit]

EEG gives a lot of priority to can collection as it is harmful to the environment. From January to September 2011, EEG has collected 161,908 kg of aluminium cans, which is mostly from Dubai, followed by other emirates of the United Arab Emirates.

Battery cell collection[edit]

EEG collects battery cells which contain mercury and cadmium, that can seep into the soil and make it infertile; while also polluting the air and water. The battery cells are collected not for recycling, but to be given to the Dubai Municipality for safe disposal. From the campaign's inception in 2006 to September 2011, EEG has collected 5388 kg of batteries.

Mobile phone recycling[edit]

From the 2000s (decade), Nokia has teamed up with EEG to recycle mobile phones, as they contain harmful materials like plastic, copper and aluminium. The mobile phones collected by EEG are sent to Nokia factories so that they can be recycle to make new phones. The total amount of mobiles collected are 4,737 as of late 2011.


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