26 November 2018
On Sunday, November 25th, 15 employees of port company DP World Antwerp planted trees in Sint-Katelijne-Waver together with hundreds of volunteers during the tree planting campaign of Natuurpunt. The company collected 100 old mobile phones and smartphones for the purchase of trees and forest land.
During its annual Go Green week in September, where sustainable initiatives are being promoted, terminal operator DP World Antwerp organized a collection of old mobile phones and smartphones among its employees. For this initiative they worked together with Out of Use, an organization specialized in the reuse and recycling of old electrical and IT, in their campaign "Recycling for Natuurpunt". For every 4 old mobile phones or 1 reusable smartphone, Natuurpunt can purchase 1 tree and the corresponding m² of land. DP World collected 100 mobile phones, equaling 25 trees.
On Sunday, a total of 7,000 trees were planted by hundreds of volunteers (oak, beech, hazel ...) in the Gasthuisbossen Bunker in Sint-Katelijne-Waver. Since 2011 the Gasthuisbossen have already grown by 9.5 hectares, or about 24,000 trees. This year another 5 hectares is added.
About Recycling for Natuurpunt
Natuurpunt organizes in collaboration with Out of Use, Umicore and Recupel a permanent, large-scale collection of mobile phones and IT equipment at organizations and companies. Currently only 1 to 2% of all mobile phones are recycled or reused, and 48% of IT material. Umicore processes the collected material. This action ensures that raw materials are reused, no new ones have to be mined and electrical appliances do not end up with the waste. Moreover, trees are planted with the proceeds of this action in Flanders.
About Forest for Everyone
With the 'Forest for Everyone' campaign, Natuurpunt wants to ensure the construction of ecologically valuable forests in Flanders. The intention is that with the sponsorhip of companies and private individuals, land can be purchased to create accessible natural forests. The plant events take place at various locations in Flanders.
About DP World
DP World, headquartered in Dubai, is one of the largest terminal operators in the world and has 78 terminals spread over 6 continents. By performing various but related activities - from terminals, maritime and logistics services to facilitating technology-driven trade solutions - DP World strives to be an essential link of future world trade. DP World ensures that all its activities have a sustainable and positive impact on the economy and society. In Belgium, DP World operates the Antwerp Gateway terminal and its empty depot at the Deurganckdok, making it one of the largest container terminals in the port of Antwerp. There are approximately 800 employees, half of whom are dockworkers. Antwerp Gateway has a capacity of 2.5 million TEU and uses state-of-the-art technologies, advanced cranes and an extensive straddle carrier park.