8 things to donate, recycle or sell, and how to in Qatar
Donate: There are several charitable organisations operating in Qatar who accept donations to serve the underprivileged. Some of these are Qatar Charity, Qatar Red Crescent, Reach Out To Asia and Sheikh Thani Ibn Abdullah for Humanitarian Services (Raf). You can either donate online, at their branches or at their kiosks located in the country’s major malls.
Donate: Help save a life by donating your blood at the Hamad Medical Corporation’s Blood Donor Unit. The blood bank has been experiencing frequent shortage in its reserve, especially of the O+ve blood group. Contact 44391081/82.
Donate: A healthy living donor can donate a kidney or a portion of the liver, lung or intestine, and certain tissues. Meanwhile, deceased donors can help provide organs such as kidney, pancreas, liver, lungs, heart, and intestines in addition to tissues such as bones, skin, heart valves and veins, and corneas.
Interested donors can register at Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation located in the Hamad General Hospital, and is open daily from 7am-3pm. Contact 44391140/1141.
- Donate: There are various charity bins located at malls in the city where you can donate old clothes.
- Sell: If you have clothes and accessories that you no longer wear, but are still in good shape, organise a garage sale. Invite neighbours and friends and give away your stuff at throwaway prices. Or else register with Doha Flea Market who held their first edition of second hand goods sale last month in Qatar.
- Donate: The Doha Mums library accepts all children’s books ages 0 to 13+ years, Fiction, Non Fiction, Early Readers, Reference Books, Children’s board books, Children’ CDs, DVDs and Parenting books. Cats in Qatar also collect donated books and sell them during their fundraising events to pay for animal care. You can drop off books and any other items in their collection bin at Altamimi Clinic at Cultural Village. A pick-up can also be arranged.
- Sell: There are two websites where you can either sell or donate for free. One is qatarusedbooks.wordpress.com that advertises your book for free, the other is Qatar Book Corner who buy used books in bulk from you and sell it on their website.
- Recycle: Pass on your kid’s old school textbooks to juniors once an academic year is completed.
PAPER & PLASTIC
Recycle: There aren’t many recycling companies in Qatar that collect wastepaper or plastic from homes. The few in Qatar such as Doha Plastic, Averda and Al Suwaidi paper factory situated in Industrial Area only do so from companies. But if your company happens to use their services, you can add your bit of waste to the lot. However, you can always use recycle bins that are visible at a few spots in the city such as Qatar Foundation’s Education City, Qatar Sports Club, Rumailah Park, Katara Cultural Village which have separate bins for paper and plastic.
- Recycle: Like other recycling companies in Qatar, Al Haya too provides e-waste collection and recycling services to companies and establishments, not homes though. Materials collected are computers, laptops, mobile phones, switches, etc, and only in bulk. Check if your company uses their services.
- Sell: If any of your electronic items are in good condition, but you don’t use them anymore, it’s better to sell them online. Some local sites to advertise items for sale are Qatar Living, Qatar.Buy.Sale.Trade, MyQatar.net, Dubizzle.com, Bey3.com and Qatar Classifieds.
- Also try the line of mobile phone shops on Al Saad street if you want to sell your old phone.
Sell: There’s a market at Najma called Souq Heraj or Najma Market where second hand goods are often sold. You can sell your old furniture to hoarders for a good deal.