On March 13, 2018 UFSD representatives organized a preparatory trip to Diyarbakir, Turkey. The purpose of the trip was to understand overall situation with plastic waste separation and recycling in Turkey and to discuss with the counterparts from Turkey the organization of the upcoming workshop in Diyarbakir, as well as involvement of the partner and experts from Turkey in different phases of the project. UFSD representatives visited plastic waste separation company Cevsan, one of the plastic waste separation companies in Diyarbakir having a license from the government to collect plastic waste from one of the districts of the city. Next meeting was organized on programmatic issues. The Union of Diyarbakir Young Businessmen, representatives of Diyarbakir chamber of commerce, businessmen and environmentalists participated in the meeting. UFSD representatives briefly presented the project objectives and expected results. Organizational details were agreed on with the Union of Diyarbakir Young Businessmen. An environmental expert from Turkey Abbas Buyuktash was identified who will prepare and present the situation and best practices of waste recycling in Turkey and will work on the Turkey section of the project best practice booklet. Board representatives of the Chamber of Commerce made commitments to invite relevant businesses during the workshops in Turkey and Armenia. UFSD representatives also visited a recycling plant in Diyarbakir and saw the process of production of new goods. The model of mixture of sand and plastic for production of new goods (which is going to be piloted in Kapan, Armenia) is not widespread in Turkey. Experts and businessmen from Turkey mentioned only Marash and Adana, that use similar technology. The head of the recycling company also was willing to participate in the workshops within the project.
The project will contribute to the development of cooperation between environmentalists, waste management practitioners, businesses and local authorities of the two countries through sharing best practices in plastic waste management. Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Union of Diyarbakir Young Businessmen will organize a 1-day workshop in Diyarbakir with participation of 20 representatives of local authorities, plastic waste management practitioners, environmental CSOs, businesses in the field of plastic waste separation and recycling from Armenia and Turkey. The workshop will be followed by a study visit to Plastic Waste Recycling Plant in Diyarbakir. Based on the results of the workshop and study visit the Urban Foundation will produce a booklet on the best practices of plastic waste management in Armenia and Turkey. The project will result in an increased awareness of stakeholders of the plastic waste management practiced on the other side of the border, as well as will provide an opportunity for networking between practitioners and businesses focusing on plastic waste management. Representatives of local authorities may consider replicating the best practices in plastic waste management in their own communities.
Funding: Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Armenia