The application process for the Green Dot Industrial Awards has started. The Green Dot Awards are organized by ÇEVKO and are open to firms that stand out with their contributions to sustainable life and use the Green Dot brand in Turkey. The applications for the 4th Green Dot Awards are done online at www.yesilnoktaodulleri.org and the deadline is 11th May 2018.
The “German Municipality Experience in The Waste System” meeting was held in İstanbul on 14th February. The meeting was organized with the collaboration of the German-Turkish Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the Federal Germany Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Reconstruction and Reactor Safety Environment Export Initiative.
The Munich Waste System, the importance of the fetch centers in the disposal system, improvements in waste incineration and power generation plants were some of the topics that were discussed at the meeting where Alphan Eröztürk, ÇEVKO Foundation
Public and External Relations Director, gave a presentation on “The Development of The Turkish Waste System and Location of The Fetch Centers.”
In his presentation, Eröztürk gave information on Waste Fetch Centers, which have existed abroad for quite some time but which are still new in Turkey. Eröztürk pointed out the importance of establishing Waste Fetch Centers (WFC) and getting them to operate efficiently in order to decrease the cost of waste collecting, and improve the system, plus to enable municipalities to inform the consumers of their works on waste management. Eröztürk said, “In Europe, the WFCs are no longer just places to where waste is brought but they have become second hand markets for products of waste, and platforms to inform and train the community. In our country it has also become important for the success of the system to make the WFCs more attractive for the consumers by design items and certain arrangements.”
Representatives of various municipalities of İstanbul, association and foundation officials, and representatives of different institutions attending the meeting shared their works and experiences with the participants.
A project called “Zero Waste” was started last September by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation in order to reduce resource wastage and to use resources more efficiently. Within this project seminars were planned to be given in 10 cities, and the first of these “Zero Waste, Added Value to The Future” seminars was organized in Antalya on 23rd February.
ÇEVKO Vakfı üyesi PepsiCo, "Net Sıfır Atık" vizyonuyla kendi gübresini üreten ve cipslik patates üretimi yapılan tarlalarda kullanan dünyadaki ilk ve tek örnek ülke projesi olma özelliğini taşıyan Naturalis (Organomineral gübre) projesini başarıyla sürdürüyor. PepsiCo, Naturalis projesi ile Sürdürülebilirlik Akademisi tarafından bu yıl dördüncü kez düzenlenen Sürdürülebilir İş Ödülleri'nin Atık Yönetimi kategorisinde birincilik ödülü de aldı. Fayda Gözeten Performans adını verdiği sürdürülebilirlik vizyonu doğrultusunda, faaliyet gösterdiği her noktada çevresel, sosyal ve ekonomik olarak pozitif etki yaratma misyonuyla çalışmalarına devam eden PepsiCo, Türkiye'de de toprağın, enerjinin, suyun ve ambalajların daha verimli kullanılmasına odaklanıyor. Naturalis projesi ile, PepsiCo'nun İzmit yiyecek fabrikalarında ortaya çıkan patates kabuğu, nişasta gibi organik atıklar anaerobik çürütme tesisinde önce biyogaza, akabinde elektrik enerjisine dönüştürülüyor. Elektrik üretimi sonrasında kalan çamur önce kurutuluyor, ardından patates bitkisinin ihtiyaç duyduğu mineraller eklenerek Naturalis adı verilen organomineral gübre elde ediliyor. Üretilen enerji, fabrikaların ihtiyaçlarının yaklaşık %40'ını karşılarken, PepsiCo çiftçilerine taban gübresi olarak verilen Naturalis ile gübre üretiminde kullanılan kimyasallar %40, gübreden kaynaklı karbon salımı ise .5 azaltılmış oluyor.
The 14th International Recycling, Environmental Technologies and Waste Management Fair REW İstanbul was organized by IFO Fairs with the support of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation of the Turkish Republic at Tüyap Beylikdüzü between 15-17 February. The fair hosted 9,748 professionals from Turkey and abroad for three days. A lot of innovations like the production of energy from garbage, recycling facilities and recycled products, vehicles to collect and carry waste, on-board equipment and containers, tools and instruments for urban cleanliness, new generation “wastematics” and garbage collection containers, waste water treatment and treatment equipment were exhibited at the fair.
As ÇEVKO Foundation, we will continue with our Trainer Training program, which has been going on since 2009, with the support of the Ministry of National Education in 2018. With the co-operation protocol signed between the Directorate General For Basic Education and ÇEVKO Foundation, the project will go on for 3 years and the activities will be carried out in 36 provinces.
Primarily, seminars will be held in the provinces to which one responsible teacher from every primary school will be sent; afterwards at their schools, these teachers will establish awareness of recycling, and carry out studies regarding the separate collection of packaging waste. Interior collection boxes will be placed in schools according to the number of classrooms.
Our aim is to create awareness of recycling in primary school students by providing them with educational books, informative films, and environmental education presentations prepared specially for them by our foundation.
For the first year we have targeted an estimated 82.000 students, whose knowledge on recycling will be consolidated through our musical play for children called "Recycling Will Do Us Good."
Extended Producer Responsibility (GÜS) is an effective model in the fulfillment of recycling goals in waste management. GÜS enables the industry to provide financial, technical, operational, and communicative contribution to the process. This text gives data of the contribution of the recycling works ÇEVKO has carried out with the GÜS model in order to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases in the combat with climate change.
Plastics have formed a key component of our 21st century economy and now constitute a major environmental problem. Plastic waste causes difficulties to resource and waste management as there are problems with lifespan, repairability, reusability and recyclability which need to be addressed, particularly with packaging, due to the diversity in plastic packaging materials and the number of plastic packages entering the waste stream on a daily basis. This puts a strain on collection systems and in countries without effective waste collection and treatment this plastic packaging all too easily becomes land and marine litter. In effect, plastic packaging in such a situation, even if technically recyclable, is not effectively recyclable because it does not reach a recycling plant. Other products such as synthetic textiles which lose microfibers in the wash, microbeads, oxo-degradable plastics, should be phased out as they have viable alternatives which do not create environmental damage.