By anonymous • 9 years 2 months ago.

Dear all,


There is a need in Qatar to recycle.

We could recycle carbonated drinks cans, cans of food, oil cans

We could recycle newspapers, advertisment flyers, pamphlets, textbook, computer white papers, cardboard boxes, colored papers, foam, sponge

The extra food could be used fort gardening,

The grease & cooking oil could be used to generate powers,

The waste water could be evaporated instead of letting it go to the underground water.

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By anonymous• 9 years 2 months ago.

Lets all hug a tree, plant a tree, water a tree or should I say adopt one bush in the middle of the Qatari desert and water him every day. Recycling business is a tedious an expensive detail.

By anonymous• 9 years 2 months ago.

Yeah, we need to take care of trees & bushes in Qatar. Rewards are given to people by Allah if a human or animal ate from a tree that the people planted.

As I know, the Asian Games volunteers will recycle lots of stuff. The materials will be organized in containers. The blue containers will be for papers, the red for aluminium, the brown for food, the yellow for plastic, & the green for glass.

They will use the cooking oil for greasing for heavy trucks.

By Aisha• 9 years 2 months ago.

In QU they started doing that with papers.. But they don't seem serious enough.

We should educate people more about the importance of it.

I think the center of friends of the enviorment should do a better job especially at schools so people will CARE.

poor mother earth :(

By hamlet• 9 years 2 months ago.

Ok, all the talking is nice, but good intentions are not enough, does any one have the expertise who can give us tips about what should we do to recycle our waste. I think it is beyond ordinary people means and it has to be initiated by the goverment.

By han19• 9 years 2 months ago.

step 1: remove plastic bags from all grocery stores and replace them with paper bags.

4yrs back while i was working for an oil and gas company, the discussion was of envionment conservation and how steps shold be taken to go about conserving it, including recycling.

examples of various developed countries were taken, but all this was for the purpose of discussion only.

when it comes to actually implementing it, no one does so.

recycling should start first at homes, schools.

there should be understanding imparted to everyone of how to segregate the paper wastes, metallic wastes, etc.

are we ready to do all this. until the government gets strict about this, it wont happen. we are not able to tackle the traffic and driving scenario in qatar, what are we going to handle the recycling situation?

By 3tmom• 9 years 2 months ago.

I am so glad someone mentioned recycling. My 6yr old daughter was just asking me why we didn't recycle here. All we had at home was a container we put all the recyclables in and placed it beside the trash can. I would think there could be something similar applied/implemented here. I understand it would take more labor and expense to give every villa a container and set up additional collections and not to mention the actual recycling. Hopefully, the officials or someone in charge of sanitation will look into this for us and that it will be cost-effective and realistic to accomplish.

Also, while we are on the subject of sanitation, I would love to see something done about educating people about not littering here. I could not believe how disgusting the dunes and beaches were due to all the trash left behind. It is just sad because these are 2 of the Qatar's natural beauties and selling features and no one seems to care about them. How hard is it to take your trash home with you? Some of the beaches even supply trash cans so you don't have to put it back in your car. I just think everyone should show respect to the country they are living in. Thanks for listening.

By han19• 9 years 2 months ago.

Totally agree with you 3tmom.

we teach them young and when they see grown ups throwing trash all around them, then ofcourse kids think its ok for them to do so.

the beaches can get real dirty and i mean all beaches..every possible trash is lying around which is a very sad situation, then we have a single beach cleaning campaign where all nature lovers get together have a picnic cleaning everyone else's trash.

why cant we all take care of it ourselves.

i have some idiots living in my building who have kept a makeshift plastic can inside the car park, bcos they are lazy to go outside the building to the trash bin that is placed not even 10 steps from the building gate and they stink the parking lot....and before u think the building may have a huge such luck, its has just 6 flats.

everyone is lazy to do recycling.are we ready to segregate our trash...not yet...not until the authorities wake up for it.

By anonymous• 9 years 2 months ago.

Don't you guys get it!!!!! You live in the Arabian Gulf, the world money bank, so pls DON'T WAST YOUR TIME WITH SOME USELESS IDEA, because it cost cheaper to dump anything than rec... And also don't worry about the mother earth nature... again because everyone is so busy building his own tower to put his name.

Thank you

By eviloops• 9 years 2 months ago.

Jy Kakaw,it's attititudes like yours that leaves an unpleasant taste in our mouths! What an undesirable thing to say......STOP WASTING YOUR TIME!!! Who are you to get off and offer opinion in a matter that is obviously beyond your mental capabilities! I think the hiccup here isn't the issue that recycling CAN'T be done here in the Gulf...its a matter of WON'T be done as most lazy, self-centred, arrogant ppl like you couldn't be bothered!

The issue with this wonderful idea of recycling is that it needs to be implemented and carried through correctly...planning and preparation and resources need to be in place.....these are obviously all far out of your reach KAKAW as the two minutes it would take you to pick up litter, or simly sort your own household litter, is spent probably searching the net or.....speeding around in your car!

The utter of the word recycling sends shudders down your spine as you realise that it simply means more work for you....poor little Kakaw.....couldn't dream of you lifting a finger to help mother nature could we!!! Perhaps you could ask your nanny to do it for you!!! Lets just hope you dont have any children or grandchildren because god knows what will be left on this earth for them with an attitude like yours....

It stinks!!! Excuse the pun!

By anonymous• 9 years 2 months ago.

For all the kids that you teach with this attitude and racism that you have. You don't need to tell me your crap, coz this is an open discussion forum that I can say my opinion in anyway that I want even if you like it or not and I guess you don't have to like it. The wonderful Idea of recycling as you mention is full with S*** because you live in the 3rd world country, and if you could name on Arabic county that they does recycling I will more than happy to apologize for you, so "AGAIN STOP WASTING YOUR TIME" or I guess ppl like you have lots of time to waste and since you really care and you have the time, why don't you come and pick up my litter.

Question for you!!! The country where you from do they recycle??

If they don't you are obviously beyond your mental capabilities

Of understanding the meanings of the word recycle.

I feel sorry for wasting my time here with a sick, mental, raciest people like you, and don't forget to come and clean up the mess you made

By ESL teacher• 9 years 2 months ago.
ESL teacher

I think it's a brilliant idea! Sheikha Mozah runs some sort of Green Awareness week. I think if you all proposed the idea you would definetly get funding to initiate this.

promising ideas create a promising future.

Honestly Kakaw if you don't want to get involved than don't. And judging by your English you are definately NOT an American. Any civilized American would definately be encouraging of such an initiative...unless you're Bush...but, your English is still better than his...

By anonymous• 9 years 2 months ago.

Even if we are in the Arabian land, we are required to watch what we are doing.

The Muslims are required to not waste water even if they are living near a big running river.

By xyned• 9 years 2 months ago.

oh well most of the recyling lobbyists are from australia.Or at least i hope. We have a strong recyling program in sydney. Every unit is alloted seperate rubbish and recycle bins.Its easier to track whos been a bad boy. However the situation is different here. Should you search for a bin, you will find that there are a few bins alloted to each block. No way to track recycle offenders. Moreover such a civilized concept would indeed take ages to seep in. Moreover what do we do with the recycle material. The only economically viable thing to do, is to ship it overseas for recycling. This will help decrease dependency on landfill sites. i dont think many people other than you have expressed a racial tone in this blog. And that tone attacks the arabs. Hey kakaw, i know you are a rotten expatriate. People like you do experience town/city life first hand once you reach here. I have had enough experience with people like you. So quit yapping.

By anonymous• 9 years 2 months ago.

Qatar could ship newspapers, cardboard boxes, glasses, & plastic materials to other countries instead of .....

Metal recycling of soda cans is available in Qatar.

Qatar also recycles sewage water for trees. Hopefully, they could recycle all of the sewage water in Qatar.

By anonymous• 9 years 2 months ago.

Kakaw being wealthy doesnt mean your waste should burden blue planet.

how can environment issue be USELESS idea.

Bounties given by Allah should be respected right?

My main concern are HP toners,Qatar has no recyling programme, where do we dump them?

By anonymous• 9 years 2 months ago.

I do not know what a toner is. I know that there is ink filling services done in Qatar for printers.

I feel sad when throwing newspapers, cardboard boxes, and white computer pages, & magazines away. I want to recycle.

By myfishbone• 8 years 10 months ago.

Cartridge world does just that! they just opened here in doha near Mcdonalds facing the airport, they actually recycle your old ink cartridges and laser toners too, Ive been using them for 2 months now for my HP inkjet printer and it is amazing, same quality for almost half the price.

By Seriously• 8 years 10 months ago.

Recyling seems to be an overrated word these days. So much discussion but lacking in action. I agree that the best way to promulgate the idea of recycling is through EDUCATION. There should be a nationwide campaign to start with and a strong backing up from the government to push through with the program. It should not only be in the schools but also for all offices and companys in Qatar. True indeed that Qatar is a rich Arab state, rich enough to buy tons and loads of paper, plactic, cans etc to supply them for years... but even if it can buy so much of these things, the value learned through the practice is priceless as well as the reduction of ignorance about recycling is a thing to behold. Even if Qatar is a small place, I believe that collective acts of recyling can contribute to a larger scale. And if it goes well then a butterfly effect could be observed, extending accross the Arabian gulf and beyond. I understand that it may be a long and tedious process to educate, promulgate and sustain the project. It might not even be accepted by the populace. But the bottomline is that we have done something rather than just to be passive about these issues.

Take for instance the Emirates. In Dubai, they have a nice program for recyling. One group is headed by a UAE national, Habiba Al Marashi. The Emirates Environmental Group has gone a long way from its humble beginning. From meager funds, and a handful of volunteers this group was established until finally gaining a recognition from the government. NGO groups such as the EEG are now in collaboration with their local government with a goal to minimize the wastes produced in the Emirates.

Here in Qatar, I think there is a program in collaboration with the UNESCO. But do we hear any activities from this group? What are the campaigns they have in store for everyone?

On a lighter side, if anyone of us can lobby with some of the influential locals/royalties then I guess that is something. One of them could spearhead the campaign for it to be a national program. We expats are glad to participate and support the program, aren't we? Until then I just have to stick with this motto: "Do what you can, where you are, and with what you have".

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.

We can also ask Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Al Sharq, Al Raya, Al Watan newspapers to accept our old newspapers.

By juliandiaz• 8 years 9 months ago.

I am interested in Exporting Material from Qatar to other countries that recycle. Please let me know if anyone can sponsor me to get a business licence in Qatar. I was there for 11 days last week and i saw potential in saving money for qatar. contact me on the following e-mail

By mnky42• 7 years 3 months ago.

This is still a young country. Many things that more developed countries take for granted will come eventually, but don't take top priority in this stage of development. I know we all think they should, but let's be real - until you have the businesses and population to generate a steady flow of materials, a recycling plant will sit on its hands with nothing to process.

For the record, there is one private company that recycles paper. And the recycling landscape here will be transformed once the major waste recycling plant in Mesaieed is up and running (though that may be some time).

In the meantime, there are many things individuals here can do now. Turning off lights and computers when not in use, turning down air conditioning, choosing to use less paper (by not printing unnecessary files, using fewer paper napkins, etc.) can make a significant difference. And even (dare I say it?) carpooling. That would help with two problems here.

By xyned• 7 years 3 months ago.

printing unnecessary paper- Not widely practiced

Using fewer napking- Very uncommon

Carpooling- Somewhat common. Been practiced for ages

Air Con- Turning it down???? Its a necessity. some families do turn it down on cooler nights.

Sewage recycling - been there for ages. Untreated water for watering and fertilizer is produced which is widely used at public places at night

By z_zied• 7 years 1 month ago.

"....An official at the Al Suweidi Paper Factory, the only facility in Qatar that recycles paper, said their daily capacity was 42-43 tonnes.

“We have 35 trucks that are working round-the-clock and around 70 personnel involved in collection,” the official said.

According to him, recycling of newspaper and other printed material requires additional chemicals.

The only plastic recyclers in the country, Doha Plastic, could not be reached. Not much could be found on aluminium recycling – the most lucrative in the international market – except that it’s shipped to Dubai...."


By z_zied• 7 years 1 month ago.

"....An official at the Al Suweidi Paper Factory, the only facility in Qatar that recycles paper, said their daily capacity was 42-43 tonnes.

“We have 35 trucks that are working round-the-clock and around 70 personnel involved in collection,” the official said.

According to him, recycling of newspaper and other printed material requires additional chemicals.

The only plastic recyclers in the country, Doha Plastic, could not be reached. Not much could be found on aluminium recycling – the most lucrative in the international market – except that it’s shipped to Dubai...."


By mmyke• 6 years 2 months ago.

for 16 years now,,,everything is sorted and sent out in different bags and it has reduced landfill by 95%, and you can get all the compost you could ever want for your gardens for next to nothing,,,it works very, very well.

By kamiqatari• 5 years 10 months ago.

Could anyone tell me where cans and aluminuim tins can be delivered?