In an effort to harmonize Turkish environmental protection
standards with those of the European Union, on April 2, the Turkish
Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning adopted a new regulation
on waste management that will take effect immediately and
significantly affect companies that produce waste in Turkey.
Based on the EU's Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) and
the European Commission Decision establishing a list of waste
(2000/532/EC), the new regulation is intended to:
manage waste with minimal harm to the environment and human
decrease waste produced,
increase reuse and recycling of waste, and
supervise the market in terms of environmental protection.
The regulation replaces the Solid Waste Management Regulation
(1991), Dangerous Waste Management Regulation (2005), and
Regulation on General Principles of Waste Management (2008),
providing a single comprehensive framework for waste
What the new regulation says
Waste producing companies must:
take precautions to minimize waste
separately collect waste and temporarily store as
prepare a waste management plan to prevent and reduce
provide training to employees on the collection, transportation
and temporary storage of waste,
take appropriate safety and health-related precautions,
maintain waste records,
package and label waste,
take immediate steps to cure waste discharges,
bear the cost of waste type determination, collection,
transportation, and processing,
obtain financialliability insurance for their facilities.
The regulation covers waste produced from:
the exploration, extraction, and physical and chemical
processing of mines,
food production and processing,
agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture, forestry, hunting and
wood processing and the manufacture of furniture paper, paper
mache, cardboard and chipboard,
the manufacture of leather, fur and textile products,
hydrocarbon refining and natural gas purification,
organic and inorganic chemical processes,
the manufacture of paints, polishers, pastes and printing
energy production and power plants,
processing of zinc, copper, iron, steel, silver, gold,
platinum, glass, ceramics and concrete,
processing of metals and plastics.
These lists are not exhaustive.
Companies should be aware of how this new regulation will affect
their operations in Turkey and take necessary steps to ensure
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