DUBAI – Five of the world’s largest container port operators took part in a week-long initiative to promote sustainable resource usage in their respective port and facility networks. During the fifth annual Go Green Initiative, 8,332 employees of DP World, Hutchison Ports, PSA International, Port of Rotterdam and Shanghai International Port Group collected a total of 1,966 kg of aluminum cans and 2,227 mobile phones for recycling.
The choice of two very different waste products for collection and recycling was intentional. Aluminum cans are one of the most recyclable waste items, while mobile phones are e-waste that contain many valuable resources as well as toxic components that can negatively impact both human health and the environment if improperly disposed of. The purpose was to reinforce a simple message among participating employees – that of the need to think twice about the consequences of discarding waste.
“As we enter the fifth year of Go Green, our sector is more conscious than ever before about the universal importance of the campaign,” said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, group chairman and CEO, DP World.
“This year we saw thousands of volunteers from across our global network committing their time to the campaign. Being green is part of our culture and with our Go Green partners we have demonstrated how collaboration can create social value and lasting impact worldwide. By coming together, we can all make a sustainable difference in the communities in which we operate.”
Thirty-four ports that are part of Hutchison Ports Group took part in the campaign this year, with many donating any proceeds from recycling to community charities and engaging in fun reuse-themed follow-up activities following the collection, said managing director Eric Ip.