Waste management strategies to support sustainable development
Waste management strategies, aimed at preventing the rapid consumption of natural resources and transforming waste from being a threat to the environment and human health into an input for the economy, constitute the basis of the sustainable development approach that is becoming a priority policy target on a global scale.
Türk Telekom carries out extensive work in the area of waste management within the scope of its sustainable environmental policy.
Zero Waste Project
Within the framework of the principles for sustainable development, the Zero Waste Project was launched in Turkey with the aim of protecting the country’s resources, curbing waste and leaving a clean and developed Turkey and a habitable world to future generations.
Within the scope of the “Zero Waste” activities initiated by Türk Telekom employees who voluntarily participated in the Zero Waste Project, waste was separated by type, collected and recycled.
As a result of 2018-2019 Zero Waste Project and the Company’s waste management efforts in 2019, 186.2 tons of paper, 18.8 tons of glass, 1,372.5 tons of plastic and 3,006.7 tons of metal waste were recycled, helping to protect the soil, sea and air. The medical waste generated within the Company was sent to licensed disposal facilities, contributing to the generation of renewable energy.
Türk Telekom prevented water pollution and contributed to biodiesel production by recycling waste oils generated as a result of its activities in 2020.
Türk Telekom takes actions for recycling wastes in a manner which does not harm the environment and is in accordance with the standards and methods specified in the relevant regulations, and disposal of waste if recycling is not possible.
Highlights from the results of waste management projects carried out in Türk Telekom in 2019:
- 789.5 kWh of energy was saved by recycling 19 tons of glass waste.
- The recycling of 186 tons of waste paper saved 3,165 mature pine trees from being cut.
- By recycling 3,007 tons of waste metals, 4 tons of raw materials were saved, preventing emissions of 285.6 tons of greenhouse gasses.
- The recycling of 1,373 tons of waste plastic saved 22,371 barrels of oil.
Electronic waste collection campaign
In accordance with the Regulation on Waste Electrical and Electronic Goods Control, targets are set for manufacturers to recycle electrical and electronic devices they put on the market, with specified amounts for each year.
In line with its targets set in accordance with this legislation, Türk Telekom continues its campaign, which it started in 2017, to collect its modems in the market in some certain periods.
With campaigns and organisations such as the Waste Collection Competition carried out within the Company, employees were able to contribute to the process, and the revenues generated from the collected wastes are used to fund corporate social responsibility projects.
Türk Telekom is working to raise awareness about the damage caused by electronic waste to the environment, to reduce the damage caused by such waste by recycling electronic waste through proper means and to convert the obtained resources into value for Turkey. With this campaign, which was organised as a competition for the Company employees and their families, Türk Telekom aims to contribute to Turkey’s future and sustainability.
With the organised campaigns;
- A total of 18 tons of waste was collected and sent for recycling.
- Contribution was made for the education of 55 children.
- It was ensured that the collected wastes were used in the electronic workshop training of gifted children.
- The income obtained from the recycling of electronic wastes was donated to the Turkish Red Crescent.