The event, which was held at the Rainforest Café in the Dubai Mall, celebrated the efforts of five UAE students who participated in the HP Planet Partners Program, by awarding them and their participating schools with HP prizes and certificates of appreciation.
The winners were chosen for creating posters and videos that showcased innovative ways to encourage recycling in the UAE. Winners included students from Jebel Ali School, Al Waha School, Raffles International School and Westminster School; students received HP laptops, while their schools received energy efficient HP Laserjet printers.
“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,” said Ernest Azzam, business manager, laser and enterprise solutions, HP Middle East. “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 UAE.”
The HP Planet Partners in Schools program was announced at Gitex Technology Week 2011 in conjunction with the UAE Ministry of Education, and has been underway since February 2012. HP met with 17 schools across the UAE to share sustainable values and practices to students.
The Planet Partners environmental program, which has seen more than 389 million HP print cartridges recycled worldwide since its inception in 1991, offers free return and recycling services for original HP printing supplies. The program, introduced in the UAE in 2009, ensures that no printer cartridge returned ends up in a landfill.