Posted on April 13, 2018

Amid rising awareness and opening of waste recycling units in the country, the number of participants in  ‘No Paper Day Qatar’ 2018 campaign by Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) has increased to over 70.

The participants included government institutions, private companies, industries, hotels, schools and individuals. The campaign aims at reducing paper consumption by encouraging public and private sectors to adopt electronic system to protect the environment, said Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, Director of QGBC.

He said that electronic system provides faster transactions and saves operation costs.    
Al Shamari was speaking to The Peninsula on the sideline of an event organised by QGBC yesterday at it headquarters to celebrate the success of the ‘No Paper Day Qatar’ 2018 campaign, and honour the companies and individuals who took part in this campaign.

He said that about six million papers are being used in Qatar in a day that is a big quantity for a country like Qatar that enjoys advanced technologies in day to day transactions.  He said that only 20 government institutions and private companies participated in the first year of campaign. However the number of participants increased to over 70 this year. “When we launched the campaign there were no waste recycling units, but now several units have opened for recycling waste of plastics, metal, edible oil etc,” said Al Shammari.

The campaign started about three weeks ago with registration of the participants. The participants were determined to reduce paper consumption from 30 to 50 percent during the campaign, said Al Shamari adding that they did not use any paper yesterday, which was the last day of the campaign. Al Shamari said that the campaign also aimed at collecting waste and QGBC had alone collected about two tonnes of wastes. He said that under the campaign, QGBC provided training to the participating entities on how to reduce paper consumption and turn their system into electronic.

Al Shamari said that any government institution, private company and organisations could become 100 percent paperless as the equipment and tools are available in the market adding that electronic system is cheaper compared to the paper one. “To print a paper invoice we need a system with paper, printer, ink but for sending electronic invoice we need only a system with an application,” said Al Shamari. The trend of recycling is expected to gain further momentum in the country as awareness regarding reducing waste is gradually increasing among people.

 source: The Peninsula

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