UPS, AUS team up

DUBAI — UPS, the largest package delivery company, and American University of Sharjah (AUS) have partnered to promote strategic waste paper management in the Emirates. The Green Programme campaign includes more than 100 AUS students who have volunteered to educate fellow students on the importance of reducing and recycling waste.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 6 Jul 2006, 10:52 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 2:58 PM

The programme, initiated by the University's community service department, aims to increase awareness among the students, the faculty and the wider community about how their small but consequential actions impact the environment. Studies reveal that it takes 17 full-grown trees, 7000 gallons of water and 4000 watts of electricity to produce one ton of paper.

As part of the paper recycling programme, more than 1000 UPS recycling bins were placed in the library, classrooms, staff rooms, cafeteria and other heavily-trafficked areas around the university campus. Slide shows, lectures and kiosks were used by the Green Programme team to highlight the need to reduce-recycle-reuse paper. With the campaign slogan, 'Less White, More Green' the University has been successful in reducing paper wastage and recycling used paper at the central recycling point every week.

"The programme campaign was initiated by our students who felt the need to educate their peers about using paper judiciously and minimising wastage," said Munketh Taha, Assistant to the Dean of Students Affairs at AUS.

"Though we live in and operate in an increasingly electronic era, there is still limited commitment to recycling on a regional level," said John Tansey, General manager, UPS UAE LLC.

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