Borusan Holding, Gemlik Municipality and the Turkish Marine Environment Protection Association (TURMEPA) have collaborated to clean up Gemlik Kumla Beach. Gemlik Deputy District Governor Adnan Kayık, Gemlik Municipality Deputy Mayor Refik Yılmaz, Borusan Logistics Deputy General Manager of Ports and International Transportation İbrahim Dölen and TURMEPA Deputy General Manager Mine Göknar attended the event held on Sunday July 1, 2012 on the occasion of Maritime and Cabotage Day. The people of Gemlik showed great interest in the event, where Borusan Group employee members of the Borusan Okyanus Volunteers Platform also gave up their time just to share Borusan’s institutional and individual knowledge, skills and experience with the local community. Following a short training session given by TURMEPA, the coastal cleanup was carried out with great support from the people of Gemlik. 

Borusan Logistics Deputy General Manager of Ports and International Transportation İbrahim Dölen expressed his happiness to have been able to make the project “Join Forces for Gemlik Coastline” a reality with the cooperation of Gemlik Municipality and TURMEPA and contribute to the cleaning up of Gemlik Gulf’s shores. He pointed out that the coastal clean-up movement that took place in the Kumla Beach area has contributed to the struggle for clean seas in Gemlik. Dölen also added that the project sets an important example encouraging the general public, private sector and public institutions to come together and clean up Turkey’s shores. 

After a briefing by officials in Küçük Kumla İskele Square at 1pm, the teams started picking up trash along the shore. Once the cleaning was finished, an inventory of the collected waste was made. A total of 191kg of waste was collected at the event, which was attended by a large number of people along with the people of Gemlik. After the event, the top three teams that collected the most waste were presented with a nature-friendly cleaning kit and the participants were given a larch seed nature-friendly pen.