Recycling to Protect the Future
A comprehensive study on waste management is carried out within the scope of Türk Telekom’s sustainable environmental policy and actions are taken, primarily for the recycling of waste. Steps are taken to ensure the recycling of wastes in accordance with the standards and methods specified in the relevant regulations, and in a manner that is not harmful to the environment; if this is not possible, the wastes are disposed of.
Highlights from the results obtained from the waste management projects carried out in 2018 at Türk Telekom are as follows.
- Saving of 150 liters of petrol with the recycling of 1,5 tonnes of glass waste.
- Saving of 1,054 pine trees from being cut with the recycling of 62 tonnes of waste paper.
- Saving of 180,928 tonnes of raw material with the recycling of 1904,5 tonnes of waste metal.
- Energy savings of 2,806,164 kWh were achieved with the recycling of 486 tonnes of waste plastic.
- Prevention of 21 million liters of water pollution and contributions to the production of biodiesel with the recycling of 21 liters of vegetable waste oil.
- Contributions to the production of renewable energy by sending medical wastes to licensed disposal facilities.
Electronic Waste Management
In accordance with the Regulation on the Control of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, targets are set for manufacturers for the recollection of electrical and electronic devices that they offer to the market with amounts specified for each year as waste. In 2018, Türk Telekom continued the campaign it launched in 2017 to reclaim its modems from the market in line with its targets that it determined in accordance with this legislation.
With the campaigns and the organizations, such as Electronic Waste Collection Competition, carried out within the company, employees can contribute to the process and the revenues obtained from the collected wastes are used in social responsibility projects.
In 2017, with the revenue collected as a result of the Electronic Waste Collection Campaign carried out at Türk Telekom, 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).
Zero Waste Project
Aiming at preventing the rapid consumption of natural resources and transforming the waste into an input for the economy and preventing waste being a threat to the environment and human health, the waste management strategies constitute the basis of the sustainable development approach that transforms into a priority policy target on a global scale.
Within the framework of the sustainable development goals, the Zero Waste Project was launched in order to protect the resources, take control of the waste, to leave a clean and developed Turkey and a habitable world to future generations. The project is planned to be implemented in phases until 2023.
The aim of Türk Telekom is to leave a habitable environment for future generations by taking part in the Zero Waste Project.
The Zero Waste Project was launched as a pilot project on the campus of the Ankara Türk Telekom Headquarters In the next phase of the project a strategic path within the scope of the Zero Waste Regulation, which will be put into effect is planned to be followed at the regional and headquarter offices.