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Posted On: 29 June 2013 05:44 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

‘Recycle to Regain’ initiative gets overwhelming response

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A large number of students from two schools in Qatar have participated in an environmental initiative called “Recycle to Regain” (R2R). In total, more than 23,000 students in Qatar and the UAE have this week raised their voices against rapid environmental degradation as part of R2R - one of the largest initiatives of its kind developed for the region. It puts the focus on young minds who wish to contribute towards safeguarding the environment. As part of the effort, students from MES Indian School and Birla Public School (both in Qatar), The Cambridge High School (Abu Dhabi) and Indian High School (Dubai) collected more than 6.68tonnes of recyclable material, including paper and plastic. In addition, through interactive events such as workshops and awareness programmes, the students learned about segregating recyclable material at source and how to avoid contamination. By sending 6.68tonnes of recyclable material to authorised recycling facilities instead of landfills, the students could help prevent further environmental damage. The amount of waste collected is equivalent to saving 115 trees, 47,184 gallons of water, 404 pounds of air pollution from being released, 126 barrels of oil, 36 cubic yards of landfill space, 32,214KW of electricity - enough to power an average home for 1,139 days - and 95mnBTU of energy. While the “Recycle to Regain” campaign has met with great success among residents and organisations in Qatar and the UAE, this is the first time that its scope has been extended to schools and educational institutions. The initiative aims to raise awareness about the importance of segregating recyclable waste at source rather than allowing it to reach the landfills. This approach has been an important element in Dulsco’s corporate social responsibility vision and helps reduce the pressure on landfills. Dulsco offers human resource solutions and waste management services to customers in Qatar and the UAE. MES Indian School principal AP Sasidharan said, “The campaign gives children the opportunity to learn and experience environmental protection first- hand. We want the younger generation to grow up with a real love of the environment and hope that the drive will play a useful part in that process.” The material collected during the campaign will be taken by Dulsco to authorised recycling facilities where they will be recycled into useful environment-friendly products. In the next few months, Dulsco plans to broaden the campaign to include many more schools in the region. Prakash Mahadalkar, managing director of Dulsco, said: “The R2R initiative was developed to involve all sections of society and it is encouraging to see children, more than adults, mobilising themselves for this important campaign.”