Challenge #12 ~ Beyond Recycling

Read the blog post on the May Theme ~ CLOSE THE LOOP

“Help! Does no one recycle in this town?” This is usually the first question we receive from newcomers to Doha. Some of us are accustomed to waste separation in every household and people who just arrived in Doha are baffled about the seeming lack of recycling infrastructure here.

There is more recycling in Doha than meets the eye. Maybe it is not perfect and not convenient yet, but it is already possible to bring our waste to several recycling points around the city. Here is an initial list, but the number is rising! Please let us know of any missing ones. Recycling in Qatar is still a pioneering effort that requires a bit of personal will, initiative and action… and as with every major change we want to see in the world, together we can make it happen!

Recycling is a way to maximize economic gain because it retains material value by keeping it in the supply chain and out of the landfill. The resulting reduced carbon footprint  can save a lot of CO2 emissions.

Taking cardboard and paper to a recycling bin, this is how much emissions we save:

Recycle 10kg of the following / monthAvoid this quantity of CO2(kg) / year
Paper72
Corrugated Box411
Magazines406
Newspaper369
Office Paper377
Phonebook352
Textbook411
Mixed Paper Board468
Mixed Paper – Residential468

To set up a paper recycling program in your company or in your compound, you can contact these two paper recycling companies in Qatar. They pick up your wastepaper for a minimal cost and use it as raw material for brown paper for corrugated cardboard boxes (and this list is growing!):

Elite Paper Recycling4496 5000info@eprqatar.comadmin@eprqatar.com
Al Suwaidi Paper Factory6650 2094
4460 4198
4460 4571
alsuwaidipaperfactory@gmail.com

Before thinking about recycling, there are other “Rs” that contribute to a positive impact on the environment.

Reduce – Use less. Ask “Do I really need this?”

Reuse – Use things again, in different ways. Ask “How can this product be still useful?”

Remake – Be creative. Ask “How can I give this a new life?”

Refuse – Be firm and say no to what we don’t need. Ask “Do I need this single-use item?”

Respect – Appreciate what we have. Ask “Am I maximizing its value?”

Repair – Give it another chance. Ask “How can I fix this?” (TIP: You can find YouTube videos on fixing just about everything)

Restore – Give it even one more chance. Ask “How can I make this even better?”

Recycle – As a last resort, recycle what you can instead of putting it in the trash.

Remember – Keep these questions in mind. Ask “Before throwing this away, have I considered all 9 Rs?”

Testing our short and long-term memory by remembering these 9 “Rs” can help with a mindset shift toward closing the loop. As consumers, we can exercise our purchase power and reduce demand, thereby reducing CO2 generated by new production processes and the amount of waste generated.

These 9 ‘Rs” contribute to delivering UN Sustainable Development Goals #12 Responsible Consumption, #13 Climate Action, #14 Life Below Water, and #15 Life On Land.

Sources

  1. Greenhouse Gas Protocol, Protocol for the Quantification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Waste Management Activities, and Calculation Tools, Accessed 28 April 2019
  2. Greenpeace, Beyond reduce, reuse, recycle: The 9 ‘R’s of a sustainable life, Accessed 18 May 2019