Within the project Zero Waste Strategy: Methods and Implementation in Black Sea Basin – ZeroWasteBSB (BSB788), Kirklareli Special Provincial Administration implemented a pilot project in Turkiye with a Zero Waste System covering all 39 villages belonging to Vize and Demirkoy Districts.
The Zero Waste System includes the separation of biodegradable and packaging waste. Two containers are placed in each village: a bulky container (3 m3) for collecting domestic waste and a container with a volume of 800 litres for collecting packaging waste. Additionally, the public institutions in each village placed two extra containers for paper and glass to facilitate waste management.
Once a week, the mobile waste centres (vehicles) collect the waste. With the support of the Kirklareli Special Provincial Administration, biodegradable waste is composted and delivered to the villagers for use in agriculture, while the packaging waste is delivered to the recycling facilities.
Further, an ITC tool was developed to calculate the collected waste, the type of waste, and the population involved in the pilot action. Each family received a digital card for waste management.
So far, there are 6232 families registered on the platform and the system records:
- Batteries: 342 kg
- Plastic: 2619,19 kg
- Paper: 1488,35 kg
- Metal: 106,6 kg
- Glass: 10560,68 kg
- Used oil: 49,8 litres
- Domestic waste: 171,8 kg
The positive feedback from the citizens and the high interest of the districts nearby for the Zero Waste System convinced the project partner to capitalise on the results of the project and to advance new similar projects for environmental protection.