Betül Erkuş, who works as a chemist at Trakya Technopark in Edirne, contributes to recycling by obtaining soap from the waste oils accumulated in her home. Erkuş said, “We want to do this project by giving priority to the social benefit. Since we are in the project stage, I only collect it from my environment and try it out. If the housewives bring 5 liters of waste oil, I want to create a system where they can get soap in return.”
Betül Erkuş, a chemist, started a recycling project at Trakya Technopark in Edirne, within the body of Trakya University Ayşekadin campus. Erkuş, who wanted to contribute to recycling by collecting the waste oils accumulated in the houses and making soap, made experiments with the oils in the houses of his acquaintances in the first place. Erkuş, who was successful in her work, took action to turn this idea into a project and spread it to large masses. Erkuş stated that her aim is to create more recycling awareness. Stating that he wants to prevent waste oils from mixing with the soil, sewerage or water, Erkuş said, “We are planning to produce soap from waste oils in our project. Waste oils are one of the wastes that are very harmful to nature. There are collection companies that take them, they collect them with the permission of the ministry. Apart from this, domestic waste oils are “In general, with the awareness of people, it is not poured into sinks, but collected in collection units, but most people do not have this awareness. With this project, we want to spread this awareness more and prevent waste oil from being thrown into water, soil and sewers,” he said.
‘OILS SHOULD BE DISPOSAL AND AWAY FROM NATURE’
Emphasizing that 1 liter of oil thrown into the water per day pollutes 1 million liters of water, Betül Erkuş said, “When reaching the sewers, it clogs the water system. When it reaches the water, it forms a layer on the water surface. In this way, it prevents the oxygen that will pass into the water, preventing the fish and aquatic creatures from getting oxygen. Therefore, these waste oils prevent the water from getting oxygen. “While polluting it, it also harms aquatic organisms. Since oils are a highly flammable substance, they also cause fires. Therefore, all kinds of waste oils must be disposed of and removed from nature,” he said.
‘WE ARE TRANSFORMING THE FAT MOLECULE IN A WAY THERE CAN’T LEFT’
Stating that waste oils are used in many areas in recycling, Erkuş said, “There are collector companies for this, they collect them to make biodiesel. Biodiesel has the effect of reducing greenhouse gases by 50 percent compared to other fuels. Apart from that, arabic soap is used in the production of solid soap. These are also used in the production of solid soap. “We are able to transform it so that there is no oil molecule left and make it usable. So we decided to activate this project. We plan to give arabic soap in return when 5 liters of oil is brought in. When we do this project within the scope of Technopark, students of chemical technology, oil technology and chemistry departments will also be able to work in this production.” he said. Stating that they are planning to raise environmental awareness in the project and they do not have financial expectations, Erkuş said, “Students were also very excited, and most of my students wanted to work voluntarily. That’s why working with them will make me happy, too. I hope we will put the project into operation. Here we planned to reveal environmental awareness, not materiality. 5 “We will convert some of the liter of oil and send it to the people who bring it, but the remaining oil will also be sold. We thought about this for the students working here to gain financial income,” he said. Betül Erkuş also introduced the recycled soaps she produced at the counter she set up at the ‘New Year’s Shopping Days’ market in Edirne’s pedestrian Saraçlar Street. Explaining his products, Erkuş also gave information about recycling. (DHA)
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