(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Doha: Doha College, one of the oldest international schools in Qatar, and the first to have been granted the FEE green flag status a full six years ago, has reached another eco milestone, by opening a recycling centre on site.
Starting this month, Doha College students and staff are able to recycle paper, card, wood, metal, glass, plastics and batteries, thanks to their new partnership with Elite Paper Recycling (EPR).
A subsidiary of Elite Waste Recycling, EPR is the only paper manufacturing company based in Qatar that can recycle all types of wastepaper, and provides waste and recycling collections among many other environmental services.
Maryam Al Sayed, Public Relations Director at EPR, said:“I would like to express our gratitude for the efforts of Doha College, especially the Eco-Schools team, in preserving the environment and instilling these values in students, making them ambassadors of the environment in our society. We are pleased to announce that Doha College is the first school with which we fully implemented recycling by installing a recycling station on the school campus.”
She said that Doha College is making great efforts in this field, which is an excellent example for other schools to follow, and this is in line with Qatar 2030 vision, particularly with regards to 'environmental development'.
During this academic year, Doha College put in practice a great number of eco initiatives including a sustainability week from November 28 to December 2, 2021, with each day recognising a different environmental theme, a live workshop from the COP26 conference, raising QR8,231 for WWF animals (specifically an elephant, a tiger and a giant panda), and QR8,231 for the #TEAMSEAS initiative to remove rubbish from the ocean, the incorporation of a recycling theme on World Book Day, namely a book swap, the creation of a Meatless March Cookbook, in collaboration with the school's Diversity, Equality and Inclusion committee among others. Since the opening of the recycling centre, students and staff have been using it not just to recycle the waste created in school, but have been bringing recyclables from home, with parents doing their bit in equal measure.
Dr Steffen Sommer, Principal, said:“We are exceptionally proud that we live up to the sustainability award that we received in 2018, as the first institution in Qatar, and we're very proud that we already two green flags, and are now going through the motions of getting the third green flag.”
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