WWF Turkey launched a report titled “Exit from the Plastic Trap: Saving Mediterranean from the Plastic Pollution” on June 8th, 2018 during the “Time To Act for Plastic in Turkey” Conference organised by UNSDSN Turkey and WWF Turkey in Boğazici University, Istanbul where PTwist Project was also presented by TAGES.
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According to the results of the report; delayed and uncompleted waste management of Mediterranean countries underlies the plastic pollution where most of the plastic pollution comes from Turkey with 144 tons daily. However the good news is that it is still possible to clean and protect the Mediterranean from the Plastic! For this reason, the collaboration between government, enterprises and individuals is a must! In this respect, WWF Turkey took an immediate action to establish “Business Model for The Effective Recycling of PET Bottles Committee” with the objective to propose “an immediate business model to be implemented in Turkey” until November 2018 with the aim to work on the constraints on legislation, infrastructure and finance in accessing to the re-collection of PET packaging with its members from NGOs, Private Industry, Public Authorities and Universities composed of: WWF Turkey, Coca-Cola, Migros, UNSDSN, REC, Ministry of Environment Zero Waste Department, Environmental Protection and Packaging Waste Up-valuation Foundation, Own Responsibly Your Waste Foundation, Istanbul Municipality Environment and Waste Management Company, METU Marine Science Centre, TAGES (PTwist Partner). The first meeting was held on July 10th, 2018 in the coordination of WWF Turkey with a decision to take the first action on making the feasibility study for the design and implementation of a “DRS (deposit return scheme) for PET Litters” to be applied in Turkey. TAGES, PTwist (An open platform for plastics lifecycle awareness, monetization, and sustainable innovation – www.ptwist.eu) partner responsible of dissemination and innovation activities took an active role on applying the feasibility methodology within the committee.
Leyla Arsan, CEO of TAGES, also presented the PlasticTwist Project, funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme in the “Smarter, More Innovative and Sustainable Mechanisms for Plastic Industry” session of the “Time To Act for Plastic in Turkey” Conference. The aim of the Project is to revalue recycled plastic, using blockchain technology.
Arsan pointed out the following objectives of the project: to sustain the plastic practices as-an-asset and support co-creation, to encourage innovations that will enable citizens, communities, inventors, innovators, makers, software developers, entrepreneurs and SMEs to transform plastic into value services, to enable the development of innovative designs and practices for the plastic reuse in open platform environment and to raise awareness of the supply chain stakeholders on plastic reuse. She also explained the services offered by the PTwist Platform:
- Monetary System: A monetary system of PCoins and Pwallets, which ensures and safeguards trusted transactions between you and all others involved in the plastics re-use processes. The underlying blockchain technology is key in this.
- Rewards: Engage in our interactive and collaborative gamification, and get rewarded in PCoins
- Virtual Matketplace: Buy or sell PlasticTwist inspired plastic re-use products with your PCoins on our virtual market place
- Your own PWallet: Your own personal wallet where your PCoins are saved and which you can use to interact on the marketplace
To be a part of the PlasticTwist Platform and get more detailed information please contact:
You can also follow the Facebook page of the project and #ReclaimPlastic #PlasticTwist hashtags on Twitter and Instagram.
It was great to see active participation of the attendees who made the conference very efficient. There were around 175 participants. In the open session, the attendees shared their valuable opinions, concerns and ideas about the importance of increasing the awareness on the plastics waste, legislations on plastic recycling, requirement of using less plastic and positive transformations. At the end of the conference, everybody had a feeling to go into action for plastic waste immediately! Many thanks to Bahar Ozbay, Director of UNSDSN Turkey for organizing this event.
Let’s keep in our mind the motto of the World Environment Day 2018 anywhere anytime:
If you can’t reuse the plastic, refuse it!