KUSCOP designed a massive campaign involving different shareholders of the university, Zero Waste Project. Within the project students and staff were motivated to bring their food trays to tray holders.
Until 2014, it has been a long standing habit that students and staff left their food trays on tables while trays & waste were collected by cleaning staff. With more than 40 tables with capacities up to 4, this work required an extensive amount of workload. With the increase in a number of students, staff was not able to deal with piles of food trays on tables. Moreover, they were not able to separate valuable recycle material from other wastes due to time constraints. Finally, all habitats of Koç University had lost their right to have meals in a comfortable and hygienic atmosphere.
To solve this growing problem, KUSCOP designed a massive campaign involving different shareholders of the university, Zero Waste Project. Within the project students and staff were motivated to bring their food trays to tray holders. Moreover, recycle bins of glass, metal and paper were located next to tray holders so that people can recycle their wastes on the way to tray holders. This project was implemented and maintained successively for the last 2 years and the problem of piles of food trays on tables is now solved.
– One ton of 100% PCW recycled paper (400 reams of 8 1/2″ by 11″ copier paper) saves the equivalent of 4,100 kWh of energy, 7000 gallons of water, 60 pounds of air emissions and three cubic yards of landfill space.
– Energy saved from recycling one aluminum can operate a computer or TV for three hours and a six-pack saves enough energy to drive a typical car five miles.
-A single-sided 10-page letter costs $.55 to mail and it is going up, copied on both sides the letter uses only 5 sheets and costs only $.34 to mail.
-A staggering 50% of North America’s 108 million corporate PCs and monitors are left on overnight and on weekends wasting up to $4 billion of electricity a year.