Emine Erdogan: We aim to create a zero-waste lifestyle


Emine Erdogan, wife of the Turkish President, said that they established the Zero Waste Foundation in order to consolidate the gains achieved from the Zero Waste Project at all levels, and that the Foundation aims to create a waste-free lifestyle locally and encourage this practice at the international level.

This came in a speech on Tuesday in a program entitled “Financing a Sustainable Urban Future for All” within the framework of “World Cities Day” hosted by the Uskudar Municipality in Istanbul, under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey.

She pointed out that “the zero waste project that we started in Turkey 6 years ago is clear evidence of this possibility for us, and that the achievements we have achieved in our country have exceeded borders and led to the birth of a global movement.”

She pointed out that the global goodwill statement for the “Zero Waste Project,” which was signed for the first time with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres last year, turned into a common dream shared by dozens of wives of heads of state, ministers, and international representatives.


She added: “The statement, which can now be signed by anyone via a website, has received the support of thousands of people from 59 countries.”

The Turkish President’s wife continued: “I invite you to support the Zero Waste Movement by first signing and then entering into a waste-free life.”

The “Zero Waste” project is based on changing citizens’ consumption habits, separating waste at the source, and then recycling it, with the aim of reaching the waste recycling rate to 60 percent by 2030.

In mid-December 2022, the United Nations approved the “Zero Waste” project resolution submitted by Turkey within the framework of plans for sustainable development and combating climate change.

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously approved the resolution, which was mainly submitted by Turkey, and jointly submitted by 105 countries.

With this resolution, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 30 as World Zero Waste Day.