Posted 14th of April 2019

QPR and GoExplore participate in "No Paper Day" 2019

Words by Sarah Aljufairi & Yusra Abushehadeh

Qatar Green Building Council held an event today to celebrate the success of the campaign “No Paper Day 2019” which was hosted and sponsored by Alwadi Hotel Doha – Mgallery by Accor Hotels. The campaign started in March 10, 2019 until April 11, 2019 and it aimed to inspire the community to take part in eco-friendly activities that can help reduce waste in the country.

The event was located outside and included participants of the campaign from different companies in the governmental and private sectors. As some time went on, audience members within the event quieted down in order to hear out the speakers.

The representative of Global Metals LLC, a company partnered with QGBC, expressed his appreciation of their partnership and their willfulness to continue their pursuit to a healthier living environment. He then explained how Global Metals focuses on the recycling of metals, glass, and plastic and how Qatar Green Building Council allows them to expand the practices of their environmentally conscious company throughout Qatar.

The next speaker was Maryam Syed, public relations manager of Elite Paper Recycling, the second partner of QGBC. Maryam explained how currently in Qatar, there are 2300 cages located all over Qatar where people are meant to throw their used papers in.

EPR eventually recycles and produces these papers into craft paper. EPR export around 80% of this paper to  China, Singapore, Oman, and many other countries. Maryam also mentioned that from the time span in between March 15 to April 10, they have collected 2,500 tons of paper to be recycled. EPR organizes public awareness sessions at schools to teach kids on the importance of preserving the environment.

Elite paper recycling strongly believes that kids are the ones that will truly be making a drastic difference in our environment. With this in mind EPR are currently developing an informational dome where half of the dome is colored green, symbolizing a healthy looking wilderness and the other half is red which represents the unhealthy ruins of society in result of our negative treatment of our planet.

Soon after the speakers concluded their dialogues, certificates were handed out to various companies who took part in QGBC’s “no paper for a day” event. Companies awarded included GoExplore, American School of Doha, Movenpick, and many more.

GoExplore and QPR continue to encourage their employees to participate in some of the practices in preserving the environment. The actions that they took part in include:

  • No printing from  April 7-9

  • Collection of used papers and plastics (segregated)

  • Dissemination of recycling initiatives 

  • Encouraged employees to practice the same at their respective households