Doha College Earth Cup Challenge

Recycling bins are filling up fast around Doha College as students race towards the finish of Qatar’s first-ever Earth Cup Challenge this week.

Doha College students are among 30,000 students across Qatar collecting plastic bottles as part of the Earth Cup Challenge school competition launched on Earth Day last Wednesday.

Geography and history teacher, Brian Kerr, who leads Doha College’s Environmental Schools Club said:

Whilst the students were vying for the title of Earth Cup Champions they were also learning a valuable lesson about sustainable environmental management.’

The Doha College Environmental Captains had placed 18 bins around the Al Waab campus and were successfully encouraging the Key Stage 3 students to recycle their plastic bottles.

According to Senior Vice Principal – Head of Secondary, Teresa Woulfe, Doha College always aims to instil a ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ ethos and prepare our students to be environmentally and ecologically aware. She said:

This is a great initiative by Entalek Eco-Adventures and waste management company Averda, and we are delighted the Ministry of Environment has endorsed this challenge.Doha College is proud to be involved in an initiative that is supporting Qatar towards its national vision for environmental development.

Qatar’s students have been given a week from 22 to 29 April 2015 to collect bottles for recycling by Averda.

The Minister of Environment, HE Ahmed Amer Al Humaidi, has praised this simple yet innovative initiative for its efforts in promoting positive values towards sustainable environmental management amongst Qatar’s youth. He said:

Recycling and waste management are some of the most important challenges facing us in Qatar as well as the rest of the world today. It is important that we promote positive values towards a sustainable environment among our youth in order to make a lasting impact on our future generation.

Fast facts about plastic and recycling:

  • Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.
  • Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled.
  • Recycling one plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for three hours.
  • Obe tonne of recycled plastic could save 30m2 of landfill space.
  • Nine out 10 people would recycle more if were made easier.