From September 18th to 22nd, MedWaves hosted a delegation from the Republic of Turkey’s Ministry of Environment, Urbanization, and Climate Change, along with the Deep Project Managers. MedWaves, serving as a Consortium Partner in this project, offered Technical Assistance for the Assessment of Turkey’s Potential in Transitioning to a Circular Economy.
The Deep Project aims to promote the transition to a circular economy in order to enhance resource and waste managementacross Türkiye, strengthen the country’s corporate and technical capabilities in line with the EU Circular Economy Model, and develop a comprehensive and country-specific National Strategy and Action Plan.
Study Visit: The MedWaves team involved in this project made significant efforts to arrange meetings throughout a week, not only with public authorities but also with non-governmental organizations and public-private stakeholders. This 2nd Study Visit involved the participation of a multisectoral group of actors aiming at showcasing how Circular Economy is being implemented in Catalonia at various levels.
During the following days, the Turkish delegation had the opportunity to:
(i) Get a closer look at the remarkable work carried out by the Barcelona City Council – Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona in the field of waste prevention and its best practices, such as the Green Points Network and the User Card Application.
(ii) Gather valuable information and advice on landfill management and the collection of special waste from the Trini Jove Foundation, whose primary goal is social work insertion. Additionally, they learned about the logistics and treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment at the Centre de Valorització de Residus d’Aparells Elèctrics i Electrònics (Electrorecycling).
(iii) Learn from the technical assistance on waste management implemented by MedCities in Tunis through the ASIMA Tunis initiative.
(iv) Gain insights into existing packaging waste collection practices developed by EcoEmbes in Spain.
The Study Visit also included on-site visits to Roba Amiga Cooperativa (textile waste), Espigoladors Foundation (a non-profit organization fighting against food waste), Vallès Circular, and the Consorci de Zona Franca. These visits provided an invaluable opportunity to broaden the Turkish delegation’s knowledge and acquire valuable technical insights.
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