AZRAQ PROVIDES A FREE MEAL AFTER COLLECTING PLASTIC BOTTLES
Local marine conservation organisation Azraq has given away a free meal to local resident Eliane Nader to the value of 250 AED by collecting plastic bottles within the urban area around Satwa in conjunction with Rove Hotels.
The initiative allows members of the public to collect bottles in exchange for a meal at TheDaily restaurant in Rove Hotels every Sunday.
Natalie Banks, Managing Director of Azraq and the person responsible for collecting the bottles, stated that she wanted to grow awareness of the initiative and the fact that plastic had value.
“All too often people see plastic on the ground as waste or litter. We need to stop this throw away culture and mentality, and start seeing plastic as a resource.”
“If a person saw a dirham on the ground they would likely pick it up, thanks to Rove Hotels, now if you see a plastic bottle on the ground, it can be translated to a dirham off your meal,” Ms Banks said.
Ms Banks started collecting the bottles when the Rove Hotels initiative was announced on 21 October while walking her dog for approximately 20 mins a day. She was able to collect on average one bottle a minute just from bottles lying around the urban area, despite the daily presence of street cleaners.”
“I think it’s great that Rove Hotels is giving back value to plastic bottles which are often seen as waste items. Plastic bottles are generally made from precious resources including water and they should be valued more than they usually are.”
“If by giving away a free meal, Azraq has raised awareness of the value plastic can have, even in just one individual, then we have accomplished our goal.”
For further information about the “Check in with plastic, check out with dinner” initiative and how you can get involved, head to https://www.rovehotels.com/offer/plastic-bottle-promotion/
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