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MES Indian School collects a record 804kg of recyclables in less than 48 hours



MES Indian School and Dulsco conducted a massive recycling drive to support the Qatar National Environment Day campaign driven by the Ministry of Environment. MES students collected a record 804 kg of recyclables in less than 48 hours.

The objective of the campaign was to spread awareness on the importance of recycling amongst the students. Students brought recyclables like paper, plastics and cans to the school during the two days and the top student recyclers were commended by dignitaries from the Ministry of Environment and by Dulsco management team.

The"green pledge" signature campaign was also undertaken where representatives from the Ministry of Environment, the school, students and Dulsco signed a signature board reiterating that everyone is part of the green journey.

By sending 804 kg of recyclable material to authorised recycling facilities, instead of the landfills, the students have made a contribution to avert a significant damage to the environment. It is equivalent to saving 3,826 KwH of electricity that is enough to power the average home for 131 days. Approximately 12-14 per cent of the waste has been diverted away from the landfills as a result of such effective recycling campaigns.

"We are delighted to see the enthusiasm and such a wonderful response from the students. We are proud to say that we are committed to the environment and this will have a cascading effect on the other schools in Qatar. We can collectively make a difference to the environment. It is important to educate our future generations to be cautious and to also ensure that they are not only good with technology and gadgets but are also environmentally conscious students.

"We've always believed that the role of students in recycling is important as they can help drive the message through their families and network of friends. We are thankful to the Ministry of Environment and Dulsco for the support that they have extended to make this event a success. This is just the beginning and we have a long way to go towards spreading similar messages across Qatar," said MES Principal Sasidharan AP.

Dulsco Qatar Director Joseph Mathew said,"The Recycle-to-Regain campaign gives the children the opportunity to learn and experience environment protection first hand. We want the younger generation to grow up and respect the environment. We hope that the campaign will play an important part in that process."

"We are committed to the green vision of this country and we aim to undertake all efforts to ensure that we support and develop environmentally conscious citizens. We were delighted to see the keen understanding of children on the importance of recycling and waste management.

"Dulsco is taking various efforts to help students understand the concept of source segregation so that the recyclables don't end up in the landfill."

The Ministry of Environment seeks to achieve a number of goals, such as establishing the value of a partnership in protecting the environment among all sections of society. The ministry has prepared a series of awareness events such as conducting competitions, lectures and seminars in schools.


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