UAE schools on mobile phone recycling drive
Dubai, January 26, 2008
The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has stepped up its efforts in support of the nationwide EnviroFone campaign in the UAE, through the introduction of mobile phone recycling boxes.
The KHDA’s EnviroFone campaign aims to increase environmental awareness in primary schools and gather mobile phones for recycling via 400 drop boxes in schools across the UAE.
The organisation has provided significant backing for the EnviroFone Schools campaign since its launch in November 2007, said a top official.
“KHDA employees now have the opportunity to extend their support of EnviroFone and hand in their old and broken mobile phones and unwanted mobile accessories such as handsets and batteries,” Ibrahim Al Zu’bi, head of environmental education projects at the KHDA said.
Collection boxes for mobile phones have been place in all KHDA reception areas.
“We are excited to bring this initiative right here into our office. The introduction of drop boxes in private and public sector offices and educational institutions is one simple step we can all take to reduce pollution and protect our environment,” he noted.
“We are very happy to have KHDA as a supporter of the schools campaign and to see them introduce the recycling programme within their own offices,” said Stuart Fleming, Managing Director of EnviroFone.
“KHDA take environmental issues very seriously and are committed to building awareness of the campaign, both internally and externally,” he added.
EnviroFone continues to receive calls from private and public sector companies and educational institutions across the UAE, keen to support the campaign and introduce recycling boxes in their office.
EnviroFone was launched in June 2007 under the patronage of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water, telecommunications companies Etisalat and du, and the charity Gulf For Good.-TradeArabia News Service