Dubai Internet City’s recycling programmes continue to collect large number of used computing equipment

Published March 24th, 2010 - 01:02 GMT

Dubai Internet City (DIC), the region's largest managed ICT business park and a member of TECOM Investments, today announced over 1,000 pieces of used computer hardware equipment have been collected from the companies based within its premises as part of its ongoing recycling campaign.

The ‘DIC Recycle – Reuse’ drive extends to recycling laptops, printers, screen monitors and scanners, and is being carried out in association with Dubai Municipality, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Foundation and Microsoft Middle East. DIC’s business partners were encouraged to give their used equipments which will then be distributed among educational, social and charitable institutions.

The ‘Envirofone Recycling Drive’ is the other ongoing green initiative by Dubai Internet City. Developed by Envirofone, an EnviroServe brand, which manages and promotes the UAE National Campaign for the recycling of e-waste, mobile phones, accessories and batteries, the programme aims to create a safer office environment at DIC, through disposing electronic waste that would be hazardous and toxic.


In partnership with Envirofone, DIC has placed drop boxes across TECOM business parks including Dubai Knowledge Village and Dubai Media City. Individuals are encouraged to deposit used phones, batteries, accessories, along with other related electronics. The items thus collected are exported to specialized e-waste recycling companies based in Singapore or Malaysia.


Malek Al Malek, Executive Director, Dubai Internet City, said: “The large number of equipments collected from DIC’s business partners is a strong reflection of the increasing awareness of ‘corporate citizenship’ within the community. I believe it is incumbent upon us all to do our part for the environment, regardless of the area of operation of a business. At DIC, we are committed to bringing together ICT and sustainability practices while raising awareness on the important steps that individuals and organizations can take to protect our community, their organizations and fellow employees.”

As the region’s leading managed ICT cluster, Dubai Internet City works towards driving sustainability across the region through the platform of technology. Among its vigorous recycling drive campaigns within the community, DIC also recently commissioned a white paper on how telecom operators in the region can reap cost savings through adopting sustainable technologies and meeting industry recognized environmental standards.

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