DP WORLD YARIMCA CELEBRATES WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY WITH A CAMPAIGN AGAINST PLASTIC BAG USE
As part of the World Environment Day, which was organized around the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution” this year, DP World Yarımca Container Terminal handed out cotton shopping bags at the weekly local market. In another environmental awareness event, organized in cooperation with the Körfez District Directorate of National Education, special posters were designed and distributed to local primary schools. Titled “Lifespan of Non-living Marine Elements”, the posters illustrate decomposition times of marine-polluting materials.
Those visiting Yarımca’s weekly local market witnessed an unusual scene on June 1st, 2018. Amid sellers shouting “Fresh tomatoes!” or “Five kilos of potatoes for 10 liras!” to attract passerby’s attention, a group of business people in green t-shirts were walking around fruit and vegetable stalls with cloth bags in their hands, chanting “This world belongs to all of us, let’s not pollute it!” and “Let’s save the future, now!”.
Those business people were volunteer employees from the DP World Yarımca port, trying to raise awareness among people and draw attention to plastic marine polluters as part of UN’s World Environment Day theme for this year.
According to UN’s plastic pollution facts, each year the world uses 500 billion plastic bags while at least 13 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans. Most of these plastic wastes break down into microplastics due to sunlight and other conditions, but they never actually biodegrade, making their way up the food chain and even on our plates and poisoning virtually all species including us.
Underlining how they have started their awareness-raising efforts from their neighbors as per their corporate culture, DP World Yarımca CEO Kris Adams said, “Overcoming environmental issues requires propagation of environmental awareness. If we can raise the awareness of our neighbors, this would be a huge step towards saving the oceans”.
Speaking at the local market, Adams said, "As DP World we are very conscious of the environment we are working in. We are a terminal operator, so we work in a marine environment. One thing that has become very apparent is that we are polluting our oceans. As part of the World Ocean Day we wanted to do something. One of the most important things we need to get rid of is one-time disposable plastics. They are polluting our environment, they are poisoning our fishes. That is why we are here today at the local market to hand out cotton shopping bags to replace disposable plastic bags. We believe this is a more sustainable solution moving forward."
Adams added that DP World was organizing sustainable campaigns worldwide every year and that this year’s campaign was built around the idea of avoiding marine pollution. He further noted that they were intending to cut plastic use at the Yarımca port by 30 percent as part of the “Let’s save the future, now!” campaign.
Posters for schools
In observation of the World Environment Day, DP World will also provide special posters to primary schools in the Körfez district on June 5 to increase environment awareness among students. Titled “Lifespan of non-living marine elements”, the posters illustrate decomposition times of marine-polluting materials such as plastic bags and bottles, cigarette butts and tin cans.
The 5th biggest container port operator in the world, DP World is currently operating 78 terminals in more than 40 countries. The group, which established the DP World Yarımca port in 2015 with an investment of 550 million US dollars, is known for its use of state-of-the-art technology and its care for the environment.
DP World Yarımca disposed of 251 tons of waste from the vessels calling at the port in 2017, without any environmental impacts. Carefully separating wastes for recycling purposes, the port delivered 5,780 kg, 11,600 kg and 4,880 kg recyclable waste to the municipality in 2016, 2017 and the first three months of 2018, respectively.
In 2015 DP World signed the “Go Green” campaign, the first and only environmental initiative in the industry, with other global port operators in an effort to promote environmental awareness and achieve sustainable change in society.
Various projects and events were held focusing on the campaign’s three main themes: recycling, reuse, and climate change and communities in industry giants’ working environments. Local affiliates of partnering port operators organized activities based on these themes to raise global awareness on environmental issues. Work is also underway to create and arrange green spaces, launch training programs, take measures in relation to waste recycling and foster interaction with society as part of the campaign.
DP World Yarımca’s “green” efforts
DP World Yarımca cooperated with the Körfez Municipality and a number of NGO’s as part of the Go Green campaign and worked together with schools and volunteers to collect nearly 800 kilograms of waste from the shore and the sea in Yarımca. Trainings are also organized in nearby schools to increase environmental awareness. The port is equipped with the most eco-friendly lighting equipment, providing an annual energy saving of 59 percent. All the waste materials produced during operations are sent to recycling, thanks to which 40 percent of our total waste in the last 10-month period alone have been recycled into the economy. Furthermore, the use of 18 electrified Rubber-Tired Gantry Cranes (E-RTG) in our operations avoids a carbon emission of 770 m3 per year. Our 6 electrified Super Post Panamax gantry cranes also play an important role in preventing carbon emission.
Plastic Consumption Facts
• Every year the world uses 500 billion plastic bags.
• Each year, at least 13 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans.
• We buy 1 million plastic bottles every minute.
• Each year 100,000 marine animals die because of plastics.
• 90 percent of bottled waters contains microplastics.
• 83 percent of tap waters contains microplastics.
• 50 percent of the plastic sold is single-use or disposable.
• Plastic makes up 10% of all of the waste we generate.
Source: UN World Environment Day web site