Elite Paper Recycling to launch Eco Dome

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In yet another pioneering initiative, Elite Paper Recycling (EPR), Qatar’s first paper recycling company, yesterday announced it would launch a state-of-the-art “Eco Dome” — an edutainment facility aimed at raising awareness of the crucial importance of paper recycling.

Located in the company’s premises, the dome to be inaugurated on January 27 under the patronage of Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani is set to further enhance EPR’s CSR programme particularly targeting schools.

 “The dome is meant to send the message to the new generation on the importance of recycling because  currently we get school visits which enable children see the recycling process in our factory but still the message is not fully conveyed to them,” Abdulla Ibrahim Al Suwaidi, Chairman of EPR, said while speaking to local media on the sidelines of a press conference yesterday.

Depicting the contrasting images of forested and deforested environment in a compelling way, the dome would effectively communicate the significance of preserving the environment through planting more trees and paper recycling, said Al Suwaidi.

The main feature of the dome is a three-minute virtual reality 2D video experience which simulates contrasting scenarios on what will happen if they recycle and if they don’t, he added.

“After watching the video, the students will then have a tour in the factory to see the recycling process, then they will engage in some paper recycling activities,” he explained.

With the launch of the Eco Dome, Al Suwaidi expects more schools will be visiting the recycling facility.

 

 “We already have more than 250 schools coming to the factory almost daily. The Eco Dome is for all schools, and students from all levels are welcome, even those from universities,” he said, adding they had partnered with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education for the programme to involve more schools.

The ‘Eco Dome is one in the series of campaigns EPR has launched and forms a key aspect of its strategy to promote “Go Green”, “ Recycling” and “Sustainability” initiatives in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.

“Hopefully, this initiative will expand children’s knowledge and raise public awareness so that they will care more for the environment and recycle paper,” he added.

The event held yesterday at Al Wadi Hotel Doha MGallery launched a countdown to Eco Dome’s opening and announced the  partners and sponsors of the project including Ooredoo  (Platinum/Official Telecom Sponsor), Qatar Post and Aamal (Gold Sponsors) and FMM, Talabat, and Al Waad Packaging & Manufacturing Company (Silver Sponsors).

Other key Sponsors and partners include Ministry of Education (Educational Partner), Ashghal, Qatar Green Building Council, Kahramaa-Tarsheed and Friends of Environment Center (Strategic Partners) and Jaidah Group -Isuzu (Transportation Partner), Al Rayyan TV and Marhaba (Media Partners), Al Meera (Retail Partner), Al Wadi Hotel By MGallery (Hospitality Partner), and Realis Design (Industrial Design Partner).

Honorary Partners include embassies of Sweden, Italy, Tanzania, Ecuador, Argentina, Moldova and Uruguay; UNESCO and Gas Exporting Countries Forum. 

In the last three years, EPR collected over 108,000 tonnes of paper waste in Qatar which had been recycled to kraft paper, 80 percent of which are exported to other countries, thus contributing to both micro-economy and sustainability.

Source: www.thepeninsulaqatar.com

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