On 12 January 2017, the final conference of the TurkeyComposts project was held in Istanbul, Turkey. Organised by Bugday with the support of ACR+, the conference gathered expert speakers from Europe and Turkey to present best practices in bio-waste management and composting strategies. This conference was the final activity of the TurkeyComposts project.

The final conference focused on presenting the status quo of composting practices in Turkey and in Europe and addressed municipality representatives, NGOs and academia. Participants learnt about the composting process and the use of compost as a fertilizer and received an update regarding existing facilities in Turkey as well as the main challenges and opportunities related to the application of composting in Turkish municipalities.

The afternoon was then dedicated to good practices from Europe and Turkey, were ACR+ members gave the major inputs. Paolo Marengo from ERICA, Ramon Plana, independent expert from the SCOW project, and Nicolas Scherrier from Brussels Environment gave short lectures on the methodologies for composting in rural, touristic, and urban areas. Susana Lopes from LIPOR, Teresa Guerrero from ARC, and Paolo Marengo held further presentations on good practice examples from their territories. Speakers and participants engaged in high-level discussions after the presentations and during the breaks.  

The TurkeyComposts project aimed at helping to increase composting practices in Turkey and supporting Turkish local governments in developing bio-waste management strategies. It furthermore aims at increasing awareness of composting in the general public in Turkey and at increasing cooperation between the local governments and Civil Society Organisations working on waste and composting in Turkey and EU.

The one-year project was coordinated by the Turkish NGO Bugday together with ACR+ and co-funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey.

In the course of the project, ACR+ collected best composting practices from Europe and abroad, organised and implemented three study visits on best practices and contributed to the development of a composting handbook for municipalities.



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