Erdogan and his wife visit an exhibition of paintings from waste in New York

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine toured Tuesday an exhibition of paintings made of waste that was held at the “Turkish House” in New York.

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During his tour, Erdogan was briefed about the works of Turkish artist Deniz Sagdac and expressed his admiration for paintings designed from waste such as batteries, medicine, plastic, fabrics, package covers and electronic materials.

Erdogan wished the Turkish artist success in her work aimed at protecting the environment.

The Turkish president and his wife were accompanied on the tour by a minister; Environment, Urbanism and Climate Change Murat Kurum and Education Mahmut Özer as well as Ankara’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Feridun Sinirlioglu.

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Earlier today, the wife of the Turkish President and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, signed a statement of goodwill in order to spread the Turkish “Zero Waste” project in the world.

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

Through the project, 397 million tons of raw materials, 315 million kilowatt-hours of energy, 345 million cubic meters of water and 50 million barrels of oil were saved between 2017-2020.

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The project also contributed to collecting 17 million tons of usable waste, reducing 2 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions, and saving 209 million trees during the same period.