Qtel ships four tonnes of e-waste for recycling

Electronic items head to Singapore for safe recycling following ongoing collection drive

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Qtel ships four tonnes of e-waste for recycling Qtel has just shipped over four tonnes of e-waste to Singapore for safe recycling.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  March 21, 2011

Qtel has shipped a container of e-waste to Singapore for recycling under its e-Waste Recycling Programme.

Under the programme, consumers can drop off their unwanted electronics goods at Qtel shops and partner outlets across Qatar. According to Qtel, the programme has so far gathered tonnes of e-waste for recycling.

"Qtel's e-Waste initiative is an important social partnership that is making a key contribution to making our society cleaner and more energy efficient. The response from the public and from the corporate sector has been extensive, and we are currently recycling a huge volume of material as part of our CSR strategy, ‘For Qatar, Hand in Hand'," said Adel Al Mutawa, executive director, Group Communications, Qtel. 

The latest shipment sent to Singapore was 4,423 kilos, which contained15 boxes of old and unwanted phones, over a hundred keyboards, around 50 printers and 15 photocopiers.

The shipment also contained around 60 outdated answering machines, and a box of broken computer controllers.

Qtel's partners in the programme include Agility Gulf, EnviroServe, QDVC, and the United Development Company (UDC). 

Qtel encourages customers to recycle e-waste through regular raffle draws to reward e-waste donors and to keep the idea of recycling fresh in people's minds. Raffle prizes include iPads, BlackBerry and other Smartphones and Qtel services.

To recycle mobile phones, customers must inform a customer service representative at any Qtel store that they'd like to recycle their phone.

Qtel staff provide customers with a recycling envelope for the phone, the phone is then put inside and customers drop it in the drop box. Qtel does not resell phones for recycling to ensure data privacy.

Qtel also has recycling days for larger electronic items such as fridges and televisions.

The next Big Drop Day is scheduled for 2nd April.

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