Supporting sustainable development with waste management strategies
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 form the basis of the sustainable development approach, which is turning into 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. The project is planned to be implemented in phases until 2023. Türk Telekom also takes part in the Zero Waste Project. 105 tonnes of paper, 30 tonnes of plastic, 10.5 tonnes of glass and 5 tonnes of metal waste were recycled at Türk Telekom as a result of the Zero Waste Project carried between January-July 2019.
Türk Telekom takes actions for recycling of wastes in a manner that does not harm the environment and is in accordance with the standards and methods determined in the related regulations, and disposal of waste if recycling is not possible. Highlights from the results of waste management projects carried out in Türk Telekom in 2018:
- 150 liters of oil was saved by recycling 1.5 tonnes of glass waste.
- 1,054 grown pine trees were saved from being cut by recycling 62 tonnes of waste paper.
- A total of 180,928 tonnes of raw materials were saved through the recycling of 1,904 tonnes of waste metal.
- A total of 2,806,164 kW of energy was saved thanks to the recycling of 486 tonnes of waste plastic.
- By recycling 21 liters of waste oil, 21 million liters of water pollution was prevented and contribution was provided to biodiesel production.
- Medical wastes were sent to licensed disposal facilities, contributing to renewable energy production.
Electronic Waste Collection Campaign
According to the Regulation on Waste Electricaland Electronic Goods Control, targets are set for manufacturers to recycle the electrical and electronic devices they put on the market in the amount specified by year. In line with its targets set in accordance with this legislation, Türk Telekom continued its campaign, which it started in 2017, to collect its modems in the market in 2018 and 2019.
With campaigns and organizations 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.
In order to increase awareness of the damage caused by electronic waste to the environment, to reduce such damage by recycling these wastes in the correct way and converting the resources obtained into value for Turkey, “E-atıklarınızı Getirin, Yarınlara Daha Yeşil Bir Dünya Bırakın! (Bring Your E-Waste, Leave a Greener World for Tomorrow)” campaign was initiated. This campaign, organized in the form of a competition for Türk Telekom employees and their families, aims to contribute to Turkey’s future and sustainability. In the third phase of the project carried out in 2019, more than 10 thousand items of e-waste was collected all over Turkey.
In 2017, with the revenue collected as a result of the Electronic Waste Collection Campaign, the Company provided a contribution to the education of 55 children.
The electronic waste revenues generated as a result of the 2018 campaign was donated to the Kızılay (Turkish Red Crescent).