Over the past twelve months Turkey has ramped up efforts to reduce waste and become far more environmentally friendly. Since 2017, new recycling campaigns have saved over 30 million trees and more than 1.7 million tons of cartons and paper products were recycled. To achieve so much in such a short time really does bode well for the future of Turkey. Efforts to reduce the country’s environmental footprint go a long way towards ensuring the country remains one of the world’s most attractive locations for many generations to come.

The Zero Waste Project launched 11 months ago by First Lady Emine Erdoğan is picking up the pace as the Prime Ministry and Parliament switch to a zero-waste policy today. The project involves saving everything from papers to discarded metals for future use or recycling them. Nowadays most places – from the presidential complex to restaurants – are joining the campaign through their own recycling practices. 

The Zero Waste Project launched 11 months ago by First Lady Emine Erdoğan is picking up the pace as the Prime Ministry and Parliament switch to a zero-waste policy today. The project involves saving everything from papers to discarded metals for future use or recycling them. Nowadays most places – from the presidential complex to restaurants – are joining the campaign through their own recycling practices.

In the recent years, Turkey has started to prioritize waste management over concerns of rising environmental damage with municipalities responsible for garbage collecting upgrading their waste management systems.

The goal of the project is to apply zero waste practices everywhere, in the public and private sectors, from hospitals to shopping malls, by 2023, the centenary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey.