Dubai Airports and Disney Middle
East are teaming up to raise awareness of recycling and the need to eliminate
single-use plastics this July at the airport with a little help from ‘Forky’,
the unlikely hero from Disney and Pixar’s ‘Toy Story 4’.
For the month of July at DXB, Toy
Story 4 activity stations will be dotted around each of the airport’s four
concourses where some of the eight million expected passengers will be shown
how to transform recyclable materials into toys by making their own ‘Forky’.
There will also be a competition to ‘Find Forky’ and win a trip to Paris.
“This summer we are making the
topic of recycling fun for children and the young at heart with some of the
much-loved characters from Toy Story 4, by inviting them to bring their
single-use plastics to our craft stations and helping them turn it into their
own toy. Last month we announced our intention to eliminate single-use plastics
from all customer areas of our two airports and this is an interesting way of
bringing our younger customers on the journey with us by showing them how
important it is to be mindful of what we consider trash,” said Matt Horobin,
Director of Brand Engagement at Dubai Airports.
As an airport operator engaging over 90 million passengers per year in DXB and DWC, Dubai Airports is paying attention to its environmental impact. Annually over 43,000 tonnes of paper, glass and other waste collected from the airports passenger spaces is recycled and in the past six months alone, 16 tonnes of single use plastic bottles and bottle caps have been collected and disposed of.
Further educational activations and initiatives will be supported over the coming months as Dubai Airports’ food, beverage and retail outlets reduce and ultimately eliminate single-use plastics.