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URBANREC implementation in Turkey

Turkish partners İYTE (Izmir Institute of Technology) and Bornova municipality have been working together to collect data and organise the collection of bulky waste for reuse. Further, close collaboration is ongoing between İYTE and the Belgian partners Vanheede and Centexbel, related to the recovery of recycled wood and plastics from bulky waste for the formulation of WPC. 


During the second project consortium meeting in Germany in November 2016, post-consumer recycled plastics and fibres were exchanged for the use in second stage of laboratory work at İYTE in the months ahead. In İYTE laboratories, first-stage lab-scale studies with virgin materials for WPC have already started to determine necessary processing parameters as well as properties as a control sample for the testing and comparison with recycled material from bulky waste in the future. Short fibre addition into WPC will also be investigated to find alternative use of short fiber from bulky waste as well as to improve the final WPC product properties. Demonstrator and demonstration products’ specifications were determined based on the market requirements of WPC.


On 30 September 2016, the project poster was presented at the International Brokerage event “Cities of the Future” organised in Istanbul, Turkey. The event brought together 300 researchers, industry professionals, government officials and policy makers and was supported by European Union and the Republic of Turkey. İYTE’s poster presentation of URBANREC took place thanks to the invitation and assistance of TÜBİTAK – the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. TÜBİTAK is the beneficiary of the “Turkey in Horizon 2020” project, which aims to strengthen the capacity of Turkey in science, technology and innovation and is co-funded by the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) Programme of the European Commission.


İYTE has been in contact with governmental agencies in order to resolve several legal issues related to waste imports. In URBANREC, İYTE is responsible to formulate WPC from bulky waste and demonstrate a WPC product.  For this, recycled bulky waste will be imported from Spain and Belgium (respectively wood and plastics from ECOFRAG and some textile short fibre fraction from CENTEXBEL). However, such imports fall under regulations of the Ministries of Economics and of Environment. İYTE already held a meeting with the Ministry of Economics in order to clarify the procedure for import of bulky waste and prepare for the future activities in the project.

» Author: URBANREC

» Publication Date: 01/12/2016

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement N° 690103