‘Exciting’ new collection, recycling scheme launched
Jules Hall, one of the residents spearheading the project, who had a career in sustainable packaging development and waste management in the UK, said she was “excited” to have got the project off the ground.
Around 40 people attended the scheme’s recent launch, at the Karmi Church car park, as well as Nurettin Ruso, the director of Haspolat-based ASM Recycling.
Also in the audience was Irene Raab-Marancos and Pervin Özgeçen, directors of the Çatalköy Development and Culture Association (Çader), which teamed up with ASM Recycling earlier in the year.
“It’s a fantastic start to raising awareness on the need to taking firmer action to better protect our environment,” Mrs Hall said.
“‘I am horrified at how much packaging is dumped into landfill in the TRNC and feel very strongly that we should and could do something about it.”
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Mr Ruso explained how his company uses different types of plastic waste to make products such as chairs, broom heads and clothes.
“Residents will place their full yellow, blue and green bags so collection of the plastics and aluminium cans has already commenced,” Mrs Hall said.
“There were lots of very good questions and it is very clear that the Karmi residents are excited about this new scheme. We sincerely hope that other villages can roll out the same scheme and I would be more than happy to discuss with anyone.”
When full the bags will be placed in a cage located in the centre of the village to be collected and taken to ASM Recycling, Mrs Hall explained.
Plastic will be shredded or turned into pellets so they can be “reprocessed”, with 40 per cent of the material used by manufacturers in the TRNC.
For further information contact Jules Hall on 0533 868 9011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.