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Integrated solid waste management in eight regions, Turkey

COWI is providing technical consultancy to the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation on a project to prepare integrated solid waste management projects for eight municipal solid waste management unions.

​As part of Turkey's ambition to be admitted to the European Union, the country wishes to achieve a high level of environmental protection and thereby compliance with the EU directives pertaining to the environment and the area of solid waste management. The overall objective of the project "Technical Assistance to Prepare Integrated Solid Waste Management Projects - Lot 2" is to accelerate Turkey's accession to the European Union.

Establishing integrated waste systems

COWI and its partners are preparing the detailed design of waste treatment and disposal facilities and applications to the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) under the EU for the construction of the waste plants in eight regions in the Eastern part of Turkey – covering a population of nearly two million inhabitants.

The applications are prepared on behalf of eight municipal solid waste management unions with the purpose of receiving funding to establish integrated waste systems – i.e. sanitary landfill sites, composting and recycling facilities, transfer stations, sustainable waste collection and recycling systems– and, equally important, to close down all non-sanitary dumps.

The project in numbers

The eight unions are located in the Eastern part of Turkey, bordering Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Mediterranean Sea. When the projects are implemented, they will serve a total population of 1.948 million inhabitants in 96 municipalities and 1,828 villages.

The project will close down approximately 73 dumpsites, establish 8 sanitary landfills and equally many composting plants and materials recovery facilities (MRF), and about 8 transfer stations – and include more than a hundred waste trucks and thousands of containers.

LAST UPDATED: 01.02.2016