The Pearl Qatar and UDC employees all receive training on environmental issues and how they can be more environmentally conscious in the workplace. All new UDC and Pearl-Qatar employees receive environment training in their induction sessions prior to commencing work.
Training on environmental issues is also given to construction companies working on the island to help ensure everyone is aware of how they can help to protect the environment.
Specially designed posters are handed out to all construction contractors depicting how people should act whilst working to help protect the environment. The posters cover topics such as waste management, energy saving, water saving and chemical storage. You can check out the posters by clicking on poster 1 and poster 2 .
Recycling on the island and in the office
We have been recycling since April 2008. We currently collect cardboard, paper and plastic. Most employees will have a recycle bin for paper in their office and all kitchens a plastic collection bin.
The bins are lined with colour coded degradable bin bags to ensure that the collected waste does not get mixed up with the other general waste. We follow the UNESCO colour coding system – Blue for paper and yellow for plastic
Why do we recycle plastic?
Why do we recycle paper?
- It is estimated that 96% of all plastic ever produced is still around today
- It is not known exactly how long some plastics take to decompose – if they ever do
- The UN Environment Programme estimates that there are 46,000 pieces of plastic litter floating in every square mile of ocean on Earth and it is estimated that plastic bags kill a million sea creatures every year.
- Sending paper to landfill uses a huge amount of space and causes pollution
- Paper will break down naturally over time however when it does it produces Methane gas. Methane is a greenhouse gas and we need to reduce it to help slow down global warming
- Nearly all paper is made from sustainable forests however with the increase in demand for paper other sources are being used which can destroy habitats and ecosystems
- Producing recycled paper saves water and energy