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Qtel launches mobile recycling scheme

Qtel outlets to host drop boxes to collect unwanted mobile devices for recycling

Qtel launches mobile recycling scheme
The scheme will collect mobile phones, batteries and accessories for recycling.

Qtel has introduced an e-Waste recycling program, to help deal with the problem of unwanted digital devices.

The company has installed drop boxes at all of its outlets across Qatar, where customers can deposit unwanted mobile phones, batteries and accessories for recycling. In return, customers will be entered into a monthly draw to win prizes including BlackBerry devices, smartphones, and Qtel services.

The campaign is being run in association with the Qatar Ministry of Environment and the Qatar National Campaign for the Recycling of Mobile Phones, Mobile Batteries and Accessories.

Qtel has partnered with recycling service Enviroserve, which will ship the unwanted devices to a recycling facility in Singapore, although no items will be resold, to protect data that may be resident on the device. The service will also have monthly drop off days at Qtel outlets where people can dispose of larger items such as TVs and PCs.

Adel Al Mutawa, executive director, Group Communications, Qtel, said: "Qtel aims to be at the forefront of corporate environmental leadership in Qatar. Care of the environment is one of the five pillars of "For Qatar, Hand in Hand," our comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme. In launching this programme, we aim to make a distinct contribution to the health and wellbeing of future generations, ensuring e-waste is safely removed from our community."

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