Street collectors contribute TL 2 bln to economy

The street collectors that we see every day in the street and near trash bins recycle materials worth TL 2 billion annually.
The collectors, who recycle nearly 3 million tons of paper every year, earn between TL 1,500 and TL 3,000 per month. Some 100,000 collectors are found on the streets of Istanbul, while there are around 200,000 street collectors in total in Turkey. Recycling Workers Association President Ali Mendillioilu told Sundayand’s Zaman that the collectors work 14-15 hour days and collect around 250 kilos worth of materials and that the job has recently been taken up by a number of Syrians, like Muhammed Salim, who escaped the Syrian war two years ago and who has worked as a collector ever since. In order to provide for his family, Salim bought a cart for TL 100 and started collecting. Many collectors band together in groups of three to five and rent a storage unit, and there are five main branches in the city where recycled materials are transported after they have been sorted. Mendillioilu says collectors in Istanbul are generally Roma, Syrian or Afghan and that the most lucrative areas to collect in are Taksim, Levent, Maslak and Cihangir.
and”We escaped the war and came to Turkey. Since my siblings are younger, I was the one who had orces and the
The pro-Kurdish Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP) appealed to the Supreme Election Board (YSK) on Monday to ask for the cancelation of the results of the Nov. 1 general election.
The HDP received fewer votes in the Nov. 1 snap election than in the previous general election held on June 7. Although the party obtained 13 percent of the vote on June 7, its support dropped to 10 percent on Nov. 1, following the renewed conflict between Turkish security forces and the terrorist Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK).
After the announcement of the unofficial results, the HDPand’s co-chairs said that unfair election conditions and a deliberate policy of polarization by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan explained the drop in support.
The HDP canceled election rallies following two deadly attacks on pro-Kurdish gatherings in July. HDP Co-chair Selahattin Demirtai told reporters on Nov. 1 that andquotthere wasnand’t a fair or equal election… We were not able to lead an election campaign. We tried to protect our people against attacks.andquot
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) won 49 percent of the vote, while the main opposition Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP) secured 25 percent. The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) lost 25 percent of its vote compared to the June 7 election, winning just 12 percent. The HDP won 10 percent, just above the 10-percent threshold to enter Parliament and will now be represented by 59 deputies.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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