The recycling period of newspapers in Turkey, where millions of tons of paper is consumed, begins. Those who bring any of the three newspapers they read in the campaign of Hürriyet with the TEMA Foundation will be able to receive one daily Hürriyet newspaper from the dealers as a gift.
In Turkey, where 5.5 million tons of paper is consumed annually, Hürriyet newspaper pressed the button for recycling. Within the scope of the project, which will be the first in this regard, Hürriyet will give a new Hürriyet newspaper to those who bring three well-read newspapers with the slogan 'More Hürriyet for the Environment'. All income from the campaign, which will continue throughout October, will be donated to the TEMA Foundation. In addition to protecting forest assets, the project also aims to raise awareness about recycling.
TAKING IMPORTANT MISSIONS
Deniz Ataç, Chairman of the Board of Directors of TEMA Foundation, speaking about the campaign acted together with the TEMA Foundation, said that the protection of forest assets and especially old forest assets is very important. Ataç said, “There are threats due to the need for input and intense population pressure. Reconverting trees that have been felled or imported will increase our own assets. For this reason, it is very important to collect and bring old newspapers without being wetted correctly and without exposure to foodstuffs. Adding that Hürriyet Dünyası assumed an important role with the said campaign, Ataç continued as follows: “The biggest part of doing a job is raising awareness. When everyone is in this awareness and separates their wastes and sends them for recycling, they will already have taken an important step to protect our natural assets. The world of Hürriyet will collect the newspapers that have been read with this campaign and will also encourage everyone to do this. I find the task of raising awareness very important.”
TREES WILL BE PROTECTED
Sharing information about the use of scrap paper in paper production, Ataç said, “It reduces air pollution by 74 to 94 percent, water pollution by 34 percent and water use by 45 percent. When a ton of paper is not thrown away and reused for paper production, carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is eliminated in 12 cubic meters of air. 400 adult trees that meet the oxygen needs of 34 people are preserved. 17 cubic meters of water consumed by three families per month is saved,” he says.
80 KGS PER PERSON
Last year, 5.5 million tons of paper was consumed in Turkey. About 50 percent of this figure could be recycled. With this consumption, 80 kilos of paper per person has been used in Turkey. While an average of 150 kilos of paper is consumed per person in European countries, 71 percent of it is recycled. This figure is around 250 kilograms per person in the USA, and 62 percent of the consumption in question can be recycled. Paper has important effects on the country's economy. While Turkey's 6-month imports are announced as 1.6 billion dollars, this figure is expected to reach 3.2 billion dollars by the end of the year. Turkey's exports for the first six months of 2013 are recorded as 6 million dollars. On the other hand, newspapers in Turkey have an important share in paper consumption. Newspaper paper spent last year in Turkey is around 950 thousand tons and about 450 percent of it could be recycled.
1000 dollars per ton will remain
According to the data of the WASTE Paper and Recyclers Association (AGED), recycling one ton of paper will keep 700-1000 dollars in Turkey due to cellulose-paper imports. If only 450 thousand tons of paper consumed in a year in Istanbul is recovered, 38 square kilometers of wooded area per year in Turkey will be preserved. A ton of paper produced from 100% recycled paper can save trees, 400 kws of energy, and approximately 26.5 cubic meters of water.
How is waste paper collected in Turkey?
Waste paper collection in TURKEY is carried out by collectors, small warehouses, mobile wholesalers, wholesalers, large wholesalers and purchasing facilities of factories. Collectors sell goods to wholesalers, who often own warehouses. Collectors that separate waste paper from household wastes contribute to paper recycling by selling them to warehouse owners. While mobile wholesalers make purchases from warehouses, factories and workplaces with their own vehicles, wholesalers send paper to their factories and factory purchasing facilities with their warehouses, collection vehicles, presses and other equipment.
Source : Hurriyet