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HP celebrates recycling efforts of students in UAE

May 29, 2012

Students presented with their rewards (Source:

Five students from the United Arab Emirates praised for recycling awareness efforts at HP award ceremony.

Middle East business website reported on the event, which was held at the Tainforest Café in the Dubai Mall and celebrated the efforts of students taking part in the HP Planet Partners Program.

Five students were chosen as winners for “creating posters and videos that showcased innovative ways to encourage recycling in the UAE”, receiving prizes of HP laptops and energy efficient HP Laserjet printers for their schools, along with certificates. The winning schools included Jebel Ali School, Al Waha School, Raffles International School and Westminster School.

The HP Planet Partners program was launched in 1991, and since then has seen more than 389 million HP print cartridges recycled worldwide, offering free return and recycling services for original HP printing products and ensuring that “no printer cartridge ends up in a landfill.”

In order to raise awareness of the scheme in schools, HP launched the HP Planet Partners in Schools Program in conjunction with the UAE Ministry of Education, which was announced at Giftex Technology Week in 2011 and has involved HP representatives visiting 17 schools across the UAE “to share sustainable values and practices to students.”

Amin Mortazavi, General Manager of Imaging and Printing Group, HP Middle East, stated: “We are very pleased to have joined hands with the Ministry of Education and schools throughout the UAE to encourage recycling and eco-friendly practices”.

He continued: “Since the HP Planet Partners Program was established, HP has recycled over two billion pounds of IT equipment and print cartridges, as part of our constant endeavor to help customers recycle responsibly. The award ceremony today celebrates the efforts made by students and schools in the UAE to create awareness around the importance of recycling, conservation and re-use for a sustainable future for the United Arab Emirates.”

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