Zero waste Management

The Zero Waste Management Action Plan has been prepared to carry out more efficient work on the Zero Waste project initiated by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and led by First Lady Emine Erdogan. Action plan to be implemented in Turkey until 2023, the year 2018 includes planned actions on zero waste management and strategies.

Within the scope of the Zero Waste Project, the Zero Waste Regulation prepared for completing the transitions to the zero waste management system in our country until 2023 by ensuring the general principles and implementation principles regarding the establishment of the Zero Waste Management System and aiming to adopt, implement and expand the zero waste vision throughout the country. It entered into force after being published in the Official newspaper dated 12 July 2019 and numbered 30829.

Zero waste management action plan consists of 7 steps:

  1. Determination of Focal Points
  2. Determination of Current Situation
  3. Planning
  4. Identification of Needs & Supply
  5. Education & Awareness
  6. Application
  7. Reporting

Determination of Focal Points
The people who will be responsible for the establishment, effective and efficient implementation, monitoring, information flow and reporting of the zero-waste management system in the organization are determined. These are the people who will lead the team to ensure zero waste management.

Determination of Current Situation
When applying the Zero Waste Management System in your organization, it will be easier for you to determine how you are in the waste management and analyse your current situation.

At this stage, the institution-specific deadline plan is prepared based on the current situation.

Identification of Needs & Supply
Zero Waste System is applied in the institution by taking into consideration each unit in the institution (offices, refectory, infirmary, etc.) and all the equipment needs to be identified, listed and provided before the application.

Education & Awareness
After the supply of the equipment is completed, practical training and information studies are conducted for the target audiences before the application.

  • Unit employees,
  • Cleaning staff,
  • Maintenance and repair officers,
  • Temporary storage officers,

All employees are based.


Supplied collection equipment is placed at convenient points within easy reach of personnel. Information banners designed for the equipment are hung on the equipment that they can be easily seen. Attention should be paid to the colour scale of the collection equipment and promotional materials.

  • Blue for paper-cardboard waste,
  • Yellow for plastic waste,
  • Glass waste is green,
  • Gray for metal waste,
  • Brown for organic waste,
  • Black for non-recyclable waste,
  • Transparent for hazardous waste and electronic waste,
  • Purple for scraps of bread,
  • White for leftovers,
  • In accordance with the relevant Regulation for medical waste, it is determined as red in sachets and orange in buckets and containers.

While the collection and transportation of the wastes accumulated in the equipment are provided by the determined officials, the wastes are transported by internal transportation vehicles with lids.

Since medical wastes are wastes that cause diseases, they are transported separately from other wastes by the medical waste officer.

Vegetable waste oils are collected separately as they cause clogging of wastewater systems and pollution of soil and water.

Organic wastes such as vegetable-fruit wastes, park-garden wastes, tea pulps can be composted and used as soil-improving fertilizer in the park and garden organization.

Wastes accumulated within the institution are transported to the waste temporary storage area. The wastes brought to the area and exited from the area are weighed and recorded.

While disposable wastes are sent to recycling facilities with an environmental license, non-recyclable wastes are sent to disposal facilities with an environmental license.


At this stage, monitoring is carried out by the team in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the application and if any, defective aspects of the application, deficiencies or parties to be developed are identified and measures are taken.

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