x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

After the rev-up at Abu Dhabi's Yas Island comes clean-up

640 tonnes of waste collected over the F1 weekend - 150 tonnes of which will be recycled.

About 640 tonnes of rubbish has so far been collected on Yas Island over the F1 weekend.

The Centre for Waste Management - Abu Dhabi said out of that, more than 20 per cent - or 150 tonnes - will be recycled.

"This year witnessed increased manpower and state-of-the-art machinery deployed at Yas Island to ensure a thorough service throughout the Formula One weekend," a statement from the organisation said.

"The waste collected and recycled from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix venue indicates an earnest effort towards safeguarding the environment and landfills from overburden."

The organisation provided mechanical sweeping, litter-picking, curb-side street washing, waste collection and beach cleaning during the event.

The extra effort is partly in response to the increased popularity of the event. There has been 55,000 visitors to the Formula One event this year, compared with 40,000 last year.

The centre said it hoped to position Abu Dhabi as one of the world's cleanest cities.

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