Photos: Youth Love Egypt removes plastic waste from the Nile

Students collect plastic waste from the Nile on December 24, 2021, under the aegis of the Ministry of Water Resources – press photos

CAIRO – December 24, 2021: Under the auspices of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, the Youth Love Egypt Foundation, with the participation of 120 students, removed plastic waste from the Nile, the ministry said in a statement Friday.

The group carried out its two-hour clean-up campaign on both sides of the Nile in Zamalek, the statement said.

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“The ministry believes in the importance [of a such campaign] raise awareness of the importance of preserving water resources, ”Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Atti said in the press release.

Rivers like the Nile in Egypt contain tons of plastic bags and bottles. In February 2021, the Verynile team, a non-profit association dedicated to cleaning the Nile, collected 4 tonnes of plastic from the Nile. According to a new study conducted by Sky News and published in June 2020, two-thirds of the Nile’s fish contain microplastics.

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“Thus, the government launched its national strategy to reduce the use of disposable bags; a national committee has been formed and chaired by the Minister of the Environment and representatives of the body concerned to implement the strategy, ”Deputy Minister for Environmental Projects Ali Abu Senna told Youm7 in March 2021.

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As part of the presidential campaign “Live Green”, the Ministry of the Environment has focused on reducing the consumption of single-use plastic bags in order to reduce the danger of these toxic materials for the environment.

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The ministry previously said that supermarkets and hypermarkets consume the highest amount of disposable plastic bags, adding that the ministry has taken steps to replace single-use bags with biodegradable bags in supermarket chains.

Egypt consumes around 12 billion plastic bags per year. In 2012, the consumption of plastic bags per capita reached 25 kg, with an annual increase of 6% since 2006, which recorded 1.64 million tons of plastic bags, according to official data released by the ministry in July. 2019.

In 2012, Egypt consumed 2.07 million tonnes of raw plastics, 28% of which is produced locally, while the rest is imported. The regions that consume a lot of plastic bags are Cairo, Delta and Alexandria, with 40%, 23% and 12% respectively, adds the report.

Additional reports by Samar Samir

Bryce K. Locke