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Qtel gets Green Retailer Award for 2010

Operator recognised for its work to help the environment, e-waste recycling program

Qtel gets Green Retailer Award for 2010
Adel Al Mutawa, Executive Director, Group Communications (Centre), receives the Green Retailer Award for Qtel's e-waste recycling project.

Qtel has been recognised by the Qatar Today Green Awards for its dedication to cleaning up the environment through its e-waste recycling program. The company was presented with the Green Retailer Award for 2010 in Doha this week.

Qtel's e-waste recycling program has helped significantly reduce the levels of electronic waste in Qatar since its launch this year, according to the company.

As part of the e-waste program, Qtel shops in the country have been equipped with recycling boxes where customers can place their old mobile phones for recycling. According to Qtel, it has gathered thousands of phones and other unwanted electronic items this way.

The mobile phone network operator recently held a special event which urged residents to come and drop off their unwanted electronic goods. Almost four tonnes of equipment was gathered by Qtel in a single day during the drive.

The company worked with several corporate partners during the initiative including Aramex, Enviroserve and Qatari Diar Vinci Construction (QDVC).

Qtel has also launched a number of other environment saving practices, these include introducing biodegradable recharge scratch-cards, launching online bill payment methods, thereby reducing the amount of paper used by the company and Qtel also made it possible for customers to top-up mobile phone accounts and pay bills via the Qtel page on Facebook.

According to the company, Qtel has also upgraded its network of base stations to more energy efficient stations with lower running costs. These stations also operate on alternative energy sources wherever possible.

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