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Plastic Awareness Survey

We conducted a survey involving 5,000 residents of Kazakhstan, focusing on the issue of "Plastic pollution in the modern world." Through a set of 10 questions addressing plastic pollution, we aimed to gauge residents' awareness of this problem and their potential contributions to mitigating plastic-related harm to the environment. Our survey encompassed a wide range of age groups, from those aged 6 to over 50+. Notably, teenagers between 14 and 18 years old emerged as the most informed and engaged demographic, constituting 69% of the participants.

The survey findings revealed that 90% of respondents frequently use plastic and polyethylene in their daily lives, but regrettably, only 20% practice garbage sorting. Furthermore, a significant 90% of respondents were unaware of the existing plastic, plastic, and PET bottle recycling facilities, although 53% expressed a desire to learn more about such establishments. Impressively, 97% of citizens were conscious of the repercussions of plastic pollution and expressed their readiness to reduce or entirely abandon disposable plastics. 

Additionally, we discovered that 78% of people prioritize cleanliness in their city or district, with 57% actively encouraging others to do the same. A remarkable 30% of survey participants are actively involved as volunteers in eco-activities.

In conclusion, we solicited public opinions on measures to combat environmental pollution caused by plastic materials, gathering approximately 1,000 responses. Citizens predominantly proposed:
1. Enacting legislation for effective garbage sorting.
2. Substituting plastic with paper products.
3. Above all, instilling awareness among all citizens, fostering the realization that global issues also entail personal responsibility.
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Meet with Isaeva Akmaral

On June 14 we organized a meeting with the professor of Shymkent University Isaeva Akmaral Umirbekovna in order to deeply understand the environmental problems of our region and discuss the effectiveness of our project. The direction of scientific activity of the Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor A. U. Isaeva is related to developments in the field of environmental biotechnology.

Isaeva A.U. methods for the industrial cultivation of microscopic fungi and thionic bacteria, new strains and compositions of microorganisms with environmental effects, methods for bioremediation of oil-contaminated wastewater and soils, methods for biotesting and purification of soils contaminated with heavy metals have been developed and patented. The composition of the microflora of mineral and technogenic waste in Southern Kazakhstan has been established and the role of microorganisms in the bioleaching of valuable components has been studied; patents have been obtained for a method for processing phosphorus-containing waste with the extraction of rare earth elements based on the use of nitrifying bacteria.

In this meeting she completely described all the ecological problems of each part of our region such as problems based on the use of higher vascular plants, methods for phytoconservation of waste from the mining and metallurgical complex and phytomeliorative wastewater treatment have been developed. Moreover, we have received critical feedback about our plastic degradation project. Indeed, she said that we need to make everything more realistic and be careful with project planning.

After the discussion we had a wonderful tour of their lab, where they create solutions for the huge amount of ecological problems in our country.
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PET Recycling Factory Visit

In the Ordabasinsky district of the Turkestan region there is a factory for processing polyethylene terephthalate (PET bottles) and producing staple fiber. On 11 August we went to this factory in order to understand the plastic recycling situation in our country.
The investors of this factory were the Kazakh company Green Technology Industries together with a foreign partner - the Hong Kong General Industry And Commerce Co Ltd (PRC).

For the first time in Kazakhstan, Green Technology Industries LLP is processing PET waste to produce finished products - staple fiber. Firstly, this type of synthetic fiber does not wrinkle, does not fade and retains high strength for a long time. Secondly, things made from it are pleasant to the touch, easy to wash and dry quickly. In addition, it has such an important property as hypoallergenicity.
On this day we consulted with the head Qasymkozha of the factory to discuss the main issues with the plastic recycling in our country and detailed description of its recycling. 
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Meet with the professor of KazNU

At the beginning of our main work we organized a meeting with the director of the Institute of Problems of Biology and Biotechnology at the National Academy of Sciences of KazNU Al-Farabi, Doctor of Biology, Professor and Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Bisenbaev Amangeldy Kuanbaevich, head of the laboratory "Molecular Genetics''. His main fields of science are  Biochemistry, Genetic engineering, Molecular biology, Genetics, Biotechnology.  The main goals of this meeting were - understanding the plastic pollution problem, plastic degradation opportunities, potential risks and all things that are essential in the realization of our project. He also agreed to become the consultant and sponsor of our project. 
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Collection of recyclables

On July 23/24, 2023, we collected recyclable materials from two locations in Shymkent city together with the volunteer organizations - NEW Wave & ASAR ! The main goal was to encourage people in our country to follow eco-habits and keep environmental responsibility because we revealed that most people even do not know about plastic recycling. So, in two days and locations we managed to collect 1210 kg of recyclables:

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EcoCashback (@eco_cashback) was our partner for the removal of recyclables. All collected waste will serve as raw materials for future goods and products. Our action was attended by people of different age categories: kids, schoolchildren, students, adults, elderly people, who are interested in environmental issues, learn to distinguish and sort recyclable waste and make a huge contribution to the preservation of nature. Each person who handed in recyclable materials received a prize certificate from more than 25 of our partners, including: coffee shops, confectionery stores, recreation areas, dance studios, book authors, language courses and many others! Moreover, it was a huge promotion of the environmental responsibility.

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As a part of our promotion, all earned money was sent to the woman, who suffered from the mammary breast cancer and other several actions for ecological care.

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