Turkey’s Environment and Urbanization Ministry has launched recycling campaign for glass, plastic, paper and metal waste produced by hotels, restaurants and cafes, Hurriyet Daily News reported. The campaign named HoReCa was launched in Istanbul, Izmir and north-west Bursa province in Turkey where the collection of glass has already jumped up about 50 percent compared to an early period.
“Under the leadership of our ministry, Turkey’s recycling activities now add TRY 3 billion (EUR 902 million) in value to the economy in annual terms and create 60,000 direct jobs. Our target is to increase this value to TRY 10 billion (EUR 3 billion) and create 100,000 jobs by 2023,” Mehmet Özhaseki, Environment Minister, was quoted as saying.
He added that the high cost of waste management, mainly in charge of municipalities in this country, could be lowered by using appropriate instruments such as launching awareness campaigns and collecting waste in high frequencies from the main sources.