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, reached another eco milestone with the opening of their very own on site recycling centre.

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 in Qatar that can recycle all types of wastepaper, providing waste and recycling collections, in addition to many other environmental services.

EPR Public Relations Director Maryam Al-Sayed shared her delight at this new development:

 

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.

Doha College is the first school fully implementing recycling with its own recycling station within the school campus. She said they are delighted to see young environmental heroes working to raise awareness among students and parents on the importance of actually doing this step.

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:

  • Sustainability Week (28 Nov to 2 Dec 2021), with each day recognising a different environmental theme
  • Live workshop from the COP26 conference
  • Raised QAR8,231 for WWF animals (elephant, tiger and giant panda); QAR8,231 for the #TEAMSEAS initiative to remove rubbish from the ocean
  • Incorporation of a recycling theme on World Book Day, namely a book swap
  • Creation of a Meatless March Cookbook with the school’s Diversity, Equality and Inclusion committee
  • Beach clean-up with DEAP Qatar
  • Turning off of lights to celebrate Earth Hour
  • Raised over QAR10,000 on Earth Day and took part in a WWF and British Antarctic Survey public science project
  • Participated in the FIFA green card campaign, having been nominated by DEAP Qatar.

Since the opening of the recycling centre, students and staff have been using it not just to recycle the waste in school, but have been bringing recyclables from home, with parents doing their bit in equal measure.

Principal Dr Steffen Sommer stated that they are exceptionally proud that they live up to the sustainability award that they received in 2018, the first institution in Qatar. He said that they are very proud to have two green flags and are now going through the motions of getting their third!

Dr Sommer said that our planet is at risk, and education is essential for young people to fully understand that recycling is an integral part of sustainability, of keeping the planet safe and sustainable for future generations.

We hope that this notion, through the students, reverberates with parents and friends so that recycling, which may be seen as a hassle to start with, will soon become normality.

He said that he is exceptionally proud of their relationship with EPR, and proud that Doha College is one of the first schools that chose this way in Qatar, hope that many more will follow very soon.


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