Vodafone Has Turned Electronic Waste into Coding Class for Children in Samsun

Vodafone is planning to make its “From waste to code ” project initiated to minimize its carbon footprint Turkey-wide. The firm opened a coding class in İlkadım Kubilay Elementary School in Samsun by recycling the electronic wastes collected by its employees working in 30 Integrated Service Centers located in 18 cities. The coding class sponsored by Vodafone is open to all children in Samsun and its surroundings who want to learn how to code.

  Aiming to connect everyone for a better future, Vodafone continues its efforts to reduce the environmental effects of its operations by half until 2025. Having initiated the “From waste to code” project to promote the recycling of the electronic wastes in Turkey and raise awareness thereof, Vodafone managed to collect 330-kilogram e-waste in 30 Integrated Service Center in 18 different cities. These wastes were recycled by Akademi Çevre, a certified recycling company. The income from recycling was used to establish a coding class with 10-computer capacity in İlkadım Kubilay Elementary School in Samsun. The coding class established as a part of the “Coding Tomorrow” project carried out in collaboration with Vodafone Turkey Foundation and Habitat offers coding training to all children living in Samsun and its surroundings.

Hasan Süel, Deputy Chairman of Executive Board of Vodafone Turkey, joined the opening ceremony in İlkadım Kubilay Elementary School, Samsun.

Deputy Chairman Hasan Süel stated:

“As Vodafone, we acknowledge the importance of being a ‘target-oriented’ company. We aim at connecting people for a better future. With this in mind, we made a promise to the whole world: we will make the lives of 1 billion people better and reduce the environmental impacts of our operation by half until 2025. In Turkey, we also aim to reduce our total greenhouse gas emission by 50%, to power our entire network with 100% renewable sources; and recycle 100% of electronic wastes until 2025. In this respect, with the participation of our employees, we initiated the “From waste to code” project to promote the recycling of electronic wastes and to raise awareness thereof. We establish coding classes in schools with the income earned from the recycling of electronic wastes. We established our first class in Mardin. Now, we are happy to establish another one in Samsun, İlkadım Kubilay Elementary School. We hope that this class broadens the horizons of the children living in Samsun and its surroundings. To create a better future for everyone, Vodafone will continue to carry out projects on sustainability.”

The aim is 100% renewable energy

To reduce the effects of climate change, Vodafone aims to reduce its total greenhouse gas emission in the whole world by 50% and to use 100% renewable energy sources until 2025. Reducing the environmental effects of its operations in Turkey as well by producing less waste and using fewer natural sources, the firm also recycles the wastes it produces. In Vodafone Turkey, 99% of the e-wastes are recycled, reused, or sent to landfill. The amount of the e-wastes recovered during the fiscal year of 2018/19 reached 3.354 tons. Vodafone collects all kinds of electronic waste, ranging from vacuum cleaners to computers, from chargers to sports equipment.

Vodafone Turkey carries out another project as a part of its e-waste management policy. Within the scope of its “Second Hand” project, broken or damaged network equipment is sold for reuse. Vodafone offers discounts to its customers to replace their old mobile phones with new ones. To meet the mobile phone needs of its corporate customers, the company provides a smartphone rental service.

Red loves green

Vodafone Turkey is implementing an extended environment management system to minimize its environmental footprint and carrying out projects and programs aiming to reduce the ecological effects of its operations. Its headquarters in Maslak, Istanbul, carrying out environmental and human-friendly operations within the scope of #Redlovesgreen actions is the first and oldest “Green Office” in Turkey. Its Digital Operation Center in Küçükyalı also has a Green Office Certificate.

Within the scope of the “Plastic-free Vodafone” program, Vodafone Turkey also ended its annual average consumption of 2,5 million single-use plastic cups and 1,3 million of various plastic products. In total, 480 thousand papers were saved thanks to the use of the digital sign-on kit, paper-free interview and evaluation center, Red Academy paper-free applications, haystack digital business cards, e-prescriptions, and fewer colored printers. Using elevator and stair sensors, sensor-fitted led lights and standby, and timer applications, the company saved 300 thousand kWh of energy. Besides, 1.652 cubic-meter water was saved thanks to the use of low-capacity reservoirs, waterless urinals, sensor-fitted faucets, and shorter time limits.

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