We are pleased to announce that on 5 February 2020, a Big Hanna Composter model T120 with a biofilter was installed at MEF Schools for turning kitchen waste into fertilizer. MEF Schools is a well-known private national school located in the Ortaköy district of İstanbul, Turkey which has 2,000 students and 300 employees. Beside that academic and social success, MEF Schools has a goal of raising environmental awareness of their students. They are seriously focused on sustainable development and composting its food waste on-site helps reduce its carbon footprint.
MEF Schools cafeteria serves meals to students and employees every day. The food waste from the kitchen and the leftovers from the student’s cafeteria are composted in Big Hanna Composter T120 machine. Unilever Food Solutions in Turkey supported this project and the program has been implemented in cooperation with Beşiktaş Municipality. As partner of that project, Beşiktaş Municipality will use the finished compost as soil amendments in their green park areas. Also, the students are very interested with food waste composting process and willing to improve themselves for organic recycling.
Our distributor in Turkey, Ecotec’s CEO, Mehmet Başaran, successfully installed the machine and thereafter conducted training sessions at MEF Schools. Every year, millions of tons of food and yard waste goes to landfills and releases greenhouse gases. We hope that many other schools in Turkey will follow MEF Schools and play an active role in turning kitchen waste into compost and preventing climate change.