United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Turkey

Mr. Chairman,
Distinguished Delegates,
Rapid economic growth and increase in production and consumption brings together increased
amount and changed composition of solid and liquid waste.
Turkey attaches high priority to waste management within the context of its national sustainable
development policies, international commitments through the UN system and national programme
for the EU accession process.
Solid waste management strategies should introduce healty and economic solutions to protect the
environment and provide higher living standarts without jeopardizing development.
The Environmental Law of Turkey entails prevention and/or minimization of waste production,
collection and recovery of waste at source and reduction of harms caused by waste.
In view of having a sound and integrated waste management in Turkey, the Ministry of
Environment and Forestry has been authorized to prepare our national framework plan. The
principal components of the plan are:
a) Legislation and technical requirements relating to waste management,
b) Regulations for the wastes requiring specific attention and treatment,
c) Authorized legal entities on waste management,
d)Estimated investment and operating costs of disposal, treatment and recovery facilities
e) Appropriate treatment, recycling, interim storage and disposal facilities,
f) Facilities producing and treating wastes that are exempt from licensing
g)Evaluation of type, quantity and sources of waste at planning stage
Furthermore, local waste management plans will be prepared according to our framework national
plan by the local authorities and municipalities at the provincial scale.
Mr. Chairman,
I would like to highlight some steps taken by Turkey regarding waste management.
Municipalities, to a great extent one the public bodies in charge of collecting, transporting and
treating the solid waste. However, a significant number of them can not show the required level of
activity due to financial and technical constrains. In view of overcoming this difficulty, various
local administrative units in the same province or region are encourged and in some cases obliged
by the Law on Municipal Service Unions to coordinate and cooperate to provide adequate solid
waste services and establish necessary infrastructure. It is observed that the number of integrated
solid waste projects implemented by local administrative unions are increasing with this approach.
Waste markets are established under the chamber of commerce with the support of Ministry of
Environment and Forestry, in order to reduce the amount of industrial waste and allow their reuse.
The disposal of the hazardous waste is under the responsibility of producer. There are 3 disposal
facilities in Turkey for hazardous waste through incineration. We are working on increasing our
capacity with new facilities and alternative technologies and applications.
Currently, works on establisment of a system for collecting and processing waste oils are ongoing.
The responsibility of seperate collection, transportation, recycling and disposal of waste batteries
and acumulators lies with the producers.
Necessary legal and technical arrangements are established in order to reduce the pollution caused
by the packaging waste which is an important economical asset.
Last but not least, the Medical Waste Control Regulation paved the path for implementation of
alternative disposal technologies. Wastes produced in medical institutions are classified as medical
wastes, hazardous wastes, domestic-type and packaging waste. These are seperated at the source
and collected with special bags and boxes.
Thank you for your attention.
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