Fall Festival – Abdulwahab – Sodeco (Achrafieh 2020)


Date(s) - 26/10/2014

A Green initiative within another

The GMI project participated on Sunday October 26th to the Car Free Day Event held in Sodeco Street, Beirut – Lebanon. The Car Free Days constitute a platform to gather a large number of people every time in one sector of the city with the objective of reducing pollution in the air, reducing noise in the city, reinventing the city as a breathable eco friendly, clean, and safe neighborhood. The event was organized by Achrafieh 2020 – an apolitical long term environmental driven initiative.

This initiative is not an isolationist event; in fact it is aiming to be a pioneer action that will hopefully transmit to the entirety of Beirut and the rest of the Lebanese cities.  Around 7000 adults, children and teenagers were present at the Discover Abdel Wahab Street Sodeco Car Free Day event which was held on a beautiful sunny Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.

SUKLEEN, GMI’s associate partner and one of the main partners of the event, introduced the revolutionary GMI Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) at the event. More than 50 exhibitors participated on that day and the activities covered a panel ranging from culture (books display) to sports, to music (live bands and DJs), to art (painting exhibition and competition of drawing for the kids), to a number of NGOs for blood donation, not to forget to mention food stands, handmade accessories and special activities for the children.

 Sukleen recycling program enabled kids to learn about recycling and understand the concept of how to reuse and sort the recyclables properly by giving them the chance to explore, discover and enjoy a range of interactive games and activities. The kids were introduced to the RVM, a rewarding machine that caught everybody’s attention and interest, so they learned how to use it and were briefed on the concept of reward through the collection of points. The kids competed in collecting bottles and cans that would be inserted into the machine, which in return gives them points that were exchanged for gifts.

The kids were also introduced the concept of 3R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) and up-cycling through different games (snake and ladder, green basketball, green bowling) all labeled with the logos of the GMI project, GMI partners and associate partners, the EU and ENPI CBC MED Programme.

All children were thrilled by receiving instant rewards when returning used containers. Parents on the other hand shared their appreciation for the GMI project, which will motivate their children to recycle repeatedly in a safe and efficient way, and respect the environment.

The GMI project was standing out with its one of a kind Reverse Vending Machine recently introduced to Lebanon through the EU funding and the ENPI CBC MED programme.


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