Dear Doha Diary week 4
Unfortunately, given all the other change going on at Al Jazeera, this is not a priority for them at the moment so is a hard sell.
But I decided I must at least do something on an individual level as a start. So I researched recycling facilities in Doha on the internet and came across Sustainable Qatar - an independent volunteer based organisation to promote environmental awareness within the Qatar community. On their site, they list just two placed for recycling - Katara Cultural Village which is in West Bay, far from my hotel, and Alrmailah Family Park, opposite the corniche, about 40 minutes walk from my hotel. So every Saturday morning, I get up early to avoid the heat, pack all my recycling into my rucksack and bag and head off to the park to recycle it.
The great thing is that they dont just have recycling bins, but there is also a charity bin there too. And Ive seen more of these in other locations along the Corniche, so there are some promising signs!
The first couple of times, i looked inside the bins and it looked like I was the only one using them, but today the plastics bin was almost half full!! My challenge will be taking that walk in the hot summer months when the temperature creeps up towards 50 degrees. Ive been told that its not possible to even stand outside, let alone walk 40 minutes!.... Well I will cross that bridge when it comes........ as my hotel manager so sinisterly put it yesterday, "...we are waiting for the pizza oven to come!!"