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Refining the Green Spirit: Petrotrin Collects a Massive 1,000 Directories for BLINK bmobile Recycling Drive

Port of Spain,Trinidad - Petrotrin is well-known for unearthing the nation’s oil resources but thanks to an ongoing BLINK and bmobile green initiative they have harnessed the environmental instincts of employees, their families and friends. The company has collected an incredible 1,000-plus old telephone directories for the telecom’s recycling drive. “The response has been very enthusiastic,” said Carlene Boodoo, a graduate trainee with Petrotrin’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Refining and Marketing Department. Acting as a coordinator for the recycling, she said employees not only collected their own workplace directories but those in their homes and the homes of their acquaintances as well. “They told their friends and families. We had people coming with trunk loads of directories with books from as far back as the year 2000.” HSE specialist Rabiya Khan-Jennings said the response was so overwhelming that Petrotrin staffers were bringing in directories long after the cut-off date. “Since the cut-off we have received over 100 additional used directories.” BLINK and bmobile’s directory recycling drive, started in January, is part of an organizational initiative to lessen the environmental impact of the telecom firm’s operations and sensitise and involve private and public sector entities in the benefits of recycling. Graeme Suite, TSTT’s Manager Media Relations applauded Petrotrin for this record setting effort and explained the purpose behind the initiative: “The BLINK/bmobile directory is an environmentalist's dream. It is made from recycled paper and we are working to again recycle the books that have reached the end of their life cycle." Suite said that several hundred thousand directories are printed each year and through the BLINK/bmobile recovery and recycling of these directories, it prevented this waste from going to already burdened landfills in T&T. "More importantly though, the material can be treated to make a variety of paper products thus further lessening the burden on the environment to provide raw material from trees.” BLINK and bmobile, in seeking to generate greater enthusiasm for the recycling drive, offered a dollar per directory for the organisations to donate to the charity of their choice. As the project is being driven within Petrotrin by the HSE department, they intend to donate their proceeds to an HSE-themed charity.,Petrotrin is well-known for unearthing the nation’s oil resources but thanks to an ongoing BLINK and bmobile green initiative they have harnessed the environmental instincts of employees, their families and friends. The company has collected an incredible 1,000-plus old telephone directories for the telecom’s recycling drive. “The response has been very enthusiastic,” said Carlene Boodoo, a graduate trainee with Petrotrin’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Refining and Marketing Department. Acting as a coordinator for the recycling, she said employees not only collected their own workplace directories but those in their homes and the homes of their acquaintances as well.

“They told their friends and families. We had people coming with trunk loads of directories with books from as far back as the year 2000.” HSE specialist Rabiya Khan-Jennings said the response was so overwhelming that Petrotrin staffers were bringing in directories long after the cut-off date. “Since the cut-off we have received over 100 additional used directories.”

BLINK and bmobile’s directory recycling drive, started in January, is part of an organizational initiative to lessen the environmental impact of the telecom firm’s operations and sensitise and involve private and public sector entities in the benefits of recycling.

Graeme Suite, TSTT’s Manager Media Relations applauded Petrotrin for this record setting effort and explained the purpose behind the initiative: “The BLINK/bmobile directory is an environmentalist's dream. It is made from recycled paper and we are working to again recycle the books that have reached the end of their life cycle." Suite said that several hundred thousand directories are printed each year and through the BLINK/bmobile recovery and recycling of these directories, it prevented this waste from going to already burdened landfills in T&T. "More importantly though, the material can be treated to make a variety of paper products thus further lessening the burden on the environment to provide raw material from trees.”

BLINK and bmobile, in seeking to generate greater enthusiasm for the recycling drive, offered a dollar per directory for the organisations to donate to the charity of their choice. As the project is being driven within Petrotrin by the HSE department, they intend to donate their proceeds to an HSE-themed charity.