Sharjah recycle scheme a success
Sharjah, November 5, 2007
Sharjah-based environment company Bee’ah has collected 2800 kg of recyclable waste from the Al Batha Tower over a period of just six weeks.
Being the first initiative of its kind in the emirate of Sharjah, the recently launched “Commercial Recycling Programme” will allow businesses in Sharjah to recycle their office waste, the company said in a statement.
Tenants of Al Batha Tower, located near Sharjah Corniche, have given the pilot scheme an enthusiastic welcome.
“The programme has been very easy to take part in as there’s just one container for all recyclable materials, which was delivered to us. It’s now second nature for everyone here to put recyclable materials into the container and we simply drop the recyclables into the waste chute. We spend no extra time in doing our bit to help create a better environment,” said Ralph Oliver of London, one of the commercial tenants.
Several business towers, located across the emirate of Sharjah, are participating in the Bee’ah Commercial Recycling Programme, representing a significant boost towards the company’s aim to divert approximately 400,000 tonnes of waste from the emirate’s landfills every year.
“The Bee’ah Commercial Recycling initiative has already proven to be a huge success in just six weeks. We have been very happy with the cooperation of all companies and tenants in the Al Batha Tower, who have participated fully in the recycling initiative. With 2800 kilograms of recyclable waste having already been collected, the prospect of rolling out the ‘Commercial Recycling Programme’ to the rest of Sharjah is extremely exciting,” said Bee’ah Managing Director Samer Kamal.
The implementation of Bee’ah’s Commercial Recycling programme is based on three basic principles which will provide a comprehensive approach to environmental education and recycling adoption in the commercial sector: Reduce - waste prevention, or “source reduction”, by consuming and throwing away less; Reuse - reusing items where possible; and Recycle - turning materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. The success of the Al Batha Tower phase of the program is the positive beginning of a much larger movement that will both, reduce waste and help control waste management costs, the company said.
“The success of this pilot initiative is a huge milestone in the launch of the Commercial Recycling program and it brings us one step closer to fulfilling our ultimate mission, to transform Sharjah into a ‘green’ emirate, with sustainable environmental best practices,” said Kamal. – TradeArabia News Service