The 6th Waste Transaction is Completed

TMM continues to lead successful and beneficial collaborations among companies. The 6th transaction was realized between Aromsa and PepsiCo via the TMM platform. Through the transaction, 20 tons of food waste generated by Aromsa were utilized by PepsiCo in energy production.

PepsiCo has installed a biogas plant in its manufacturing unit at Kocaeli. The company generates energy by processing organic waste from production process and also buying organic waste from outside with the licensed granted and directly uses this gas for their production.

The residues of the process after the waste is utilized in energy production are used to manufacture the organomineral fertilizer “Naturalis”, which is used in PepsiCo’s potato croplands. These efforts enabled PepsiCo to achieve its “zero waste” target in its Suadiye facility while also reducing its CO2 emissions.

As being the first and only local flavor producers in Turkey, Aromsa aims to utilize their waste generated from the flavors, extracts, syrups and fruit powders processes. Through a collaboration with PepsiCo, Aromsa discovered a value opportunity to convert their waste material into biogas.

Through the TMM platform, 20 tonnes of Aromsa’s food processing waste is transformed into biogas which is used as energy in PepsiCo facility at Kocaeli.

PepsiCo and Aromsa are working together under The Circular Voucher program. With the technical grant support of The Circular Vouchers, PepsiCo took a step further in generating energy by processing the food wastes. As one of the beneficiary companies of the programme, PepsiCo aims to maximize the efficiency of the process, control the quality of the study and extend the process to cover other wastes of Aromsa. The aim of the project is to convert all Aromsa organic waste into biogas.

You can get involved

You may add your waste materials to the TMM Platform, and gain economic benefits

If you are a licensed waste company, you can take a look at the materials on the platform

If you are not a member yet, please contact us for more information on the advantages of TMM membership.


Using a fusion of cutting edge technology, and natural raw materials, Aromsa, the flagship flavor producer of the world, designs, produces, and delivers sauces, syrups, fruits preparations, extracts, caramelized sugar, caramel colorants, fruit powders, enzyme modified dairy ingredients, seasoning, spices mixes, as well as wide range of flavors, and value people.


PepsiCo is one of the world’s most-respected companies with their global brands global brands including Frito Lay, Quaker, Pepsi, Tropicana and Gatorade. The products are sold in more than 200 countries.

PepsiCo has commitment to do business in the right way to deliver “Performance with Purpose” while creating the great-tasting products consumers love.

The Circularity Gap Report 2019

‘The Circularity Gap Report 2019’ was launched in Davos and published as part of the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE) by Circle Economy. PACE is a public-private collaboration aimed to bring about the circular economy at speed and scale.

The report’s findings show no improvement from the previous year’s result. The report reveals that the global economy is only 9% circular which means more than 90 percent of the raw materials used globally do not find their way back into the economy. The report underlined that the problems of a linear economy, like greenhouse gas emissions and increasing resource extraction, persist and continue to impact the global economy. The upward trend in material use, resource extraction and carbon emission shows/proves we are way off base in terms of sustainability and circularity. It is also explained that the goal of the Paris Agreement limit global warming to 1.5 ° C above pre-industrial levels can only be achieved through a circular pathway.

The report uses the Global Circularity Metric to measure the yearly state of the world’s economy in terms of what resources we use and what we cycle back into the economy, while referencing UN environment statistics that demonstrate that a circular economy would bring environmental benefits in the form of a 28% reduction in global resource use and a cut in greenhouse gas emissions of 72%.

The report also highlights 3 key circular strategies which could be adapted throughout the economy to help limit global climate change;

 ·       Optimizing the utility of products by maximizing their use and extending their lifetime to sustain and preserve what is already been made

·       Rethinking the new business model to provide product access to a greater number of users and enable shared utilization

·       Enhanced recycling, using waste as a resource

The report emphasized that the circular economy is the only way to prevent and control the consequences of climate change on social, economic and environmental level and additionally shares steps to bridge the gap in circularity through leadership and action as below:

·       Build a global coalition for action

·       Develop a global target and action agenda

·       Translate global targets to local action roadmaps

·       Improve our understanding of circular systems

Please click here to access the full report.

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4th Network Meeting was held on 30th January

The 4th Network Meeting held on the 30th of January at ITU Taşkışla, continued to play a significant role in extending TMM’s sphere of influence with a program that targets a wider audience including sectoral professionals, institutions and academicians. The meeting attracted considerable attention from companies and created a strong interaction with more than 147 participants.

The meeting started with the opening speech of Ebru Dildar Edin, the President of BCSD Turkey. Mrs. Edin started her speech by underlining the fact that the global population will reach 9,5 billion by 2050. She stated that our world needs innovative and effective solutions, where the circular economy attempts to address the issue of increasing waste. Mrs.Edin emphasized that the TMM project aims to eliminate the concept of waste and provides innovative solutions by applying the principles of circular economy.

 Following Mrs. Edin, Hande Islak, EBRD Deputy Head of Turkey, took the stage and stated that TMM achieved a lot more than expected in the last 3 years.  She also emphasized that there is no doubt that TMM will successfully meet the objectives even if it takes time to achieve increasing numbers of materials on the platform.

After the opening speeches, Dr. Uygar Özesmi, Founder of Good4Trust, pointed out that as industrialization spread around the globe, so did the problem of pollution. In order to keep the ecological balance, he suggested we take advantage of the Sun, which is the only real source of energy driving Earth’s climate system. Then, he warned us to keep asking ourselves the question; what kind of a future we want to live in? Mr. Özesmi argued that the sun needs to be acknowledged as a potential driving factor for energy instead of fossil fuels.

In the digital synergy workshop, BCSD Turkey External Relations Officer, Mert Güller introduced the newly developed online match-making tool During this section, participants entered their materials to the system to see their material exchange potential with other companies.

 Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, Zero Waste and Packaging Waste Management Branch Manager Oğuzhan Akınç underlined that waste management contributes 3.5 billion TL to the nation’s economy. He expressed that the state will continue to provide incentives to those who set up zero-waste facilities. He also stated that the Ministry has a long-term objective for the prevention of waste and one of the aims is to establish a waste management system in all municipalities by 2023. Click here to download “Zero Waste” presentation.

 Ferda Ulutaş İşevi, the Technical Advisor of the Project stated that the majority of the members are from manufacturing industries while the chemical industry stands out among these industries.  She emphasized that there are 65 members on the platform with increasing number of materials. She also added that the project gained momentum in the last 6 months with new 3 transactions.

 The Project Manager, Münevver Bayhan drew attention to the importance of the Steering Committee while announcing the successful completion of the 1st round of the Circular Vouchers scheme.

She stated that in August 2019, TMM aims to transition to a financially self-sustaining model. She explained that there is ongoing work on the structure of the model which is to be announced by June.

 In addition, she also announced the circular economy documentary which will be screened by BCSD Turkey as a local organizer of the Circular Economy Club and she concluded her presentation by informing members that a new user-friendly TMM platform is on the way to resolve technical issues on the existing platform.

 Astrid Motta, Principal of EBRD Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Department, explained that the technical and financial support will continue by EBRD for TMM members.  She mentioned that these vouchers will cover 90% of the consultancy service costs up to 25,000 EUR. Mrs. Motta stated that in the current call for applications only 6 vouchers in total 150.000 EUR will be available.

In order to provide details on the TurSEFF support mechanism, TurSEFF Project Manager Koray Göytan made a presentation about TurSEFF’s financing mechanisms.

 The second part of the meeting began with a movie named “The Story of Stuff”. Following the movie, Lecturer/Senior Researcher, Julie Harboe from Future Laboratory CreaLab at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (LUASA) conveyed her opinions related to The Story of Stuff. Then she emphasized the importance of the circular economy approach in finding a solution for the plastic waste.

The parallel sections in the afternoon offered participants the opportunity to have a one to one discussion with sectoral experts from the universities on projects that they would like to invest in the future or get feedback and advice on how to handle their waste material in a more efficient way.

CEO Guide to the Circular Economy

CEO Guide to the Circular Economy has been developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in collaboration with Accenture. The guide offers a general framework to support business leaders to be more effective in the transition to circular economy.

The guide presents CEOs and business leaders the tools they need to implement circular economy principles and emphasizes the important role leaders play in establishing a circular mindset.

Circular economy is defined as the biggest step to transform global production and consumption since the First Industrial Revolution and also stated that it represents a business opportunity of $4.5 trillion which can help fulfill the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Why Circular Economy is Important?

Today's linear economy is based on take-make-dispose model. This model has the disadvantages of causing high rates of waste generation as well as environmental degradation, climate change, rapid consumption of natural resources along with increasing raw material and energy demand. The current linear model causes significant economic, social and environmental risks due to growing pressure on the use of natural sources and raw materials as a consequence of increased population and economic growth.

 Research shows that the annual extraction of materials has more than tripled over the last 40 years and is expected to be over 400% by 2050 resulting in an overuse of the Earth’s total capacity. This means rising cost for materials, energy, land and water as well as extreme volatility in commodity markets, and supply disruptions.

The aim of the circular economy is to shift towards sustainable growth via a resource-efficient, low carbon economy by keeping resources within the economy even at the end of a product or service’s lifecycle. The key actions that ensure circularity of a product are based on creating more efficient processes, preventing waste generation, reusing, repairing, reproduction and recycling.

What Businesses Can Do?

According to the guide, leaders have the potential to accelerate this transition by adopting a “circular mindset”.

This transition to circular economy provides significant benefits for companies such as economic growth, innovation and competitive advantage as well as reduction in costs, energy consumption and CO2 emissions, increased supply chain and resource security.

The guide points out the circular economy potential of eight key materials. These 8 materials; steel, aluminum, plastic, cement, glass, wood, primary crops and cattle are responsible for 20% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, 95% of water use and 88% of land use. All sectors who use these materials are expected to accelerate their circular economy implementations in order to substantially reduce GHG emissions, water use and land use.

Accenture identified five business models and three disruptive technologies for businesses to create a circular value chain by decoupling growth from resource consumption. 3 disruptive technologies are classified as digital, biological and physical whilst the 5 underlying business models are presented as below;

1.     Creating sustainable supply chains

2.     Recovering useful resources

3.     Creating sharing platforms

4.     Extending the life of the product

5.     Serving the product as a service

Implementation of circular economy requires involvement of the complete value chain, from raw material extraction through manufacturing, consumer use and end of life. The guide therefore recommends to increase collaboration among all value chain partners and to be able to reach economic, environmental and social goals.

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BCSD Turkey became a local organizer of CEC

BCSD Turkey became a local organizer of the London-based Circular Economy Club (CEC), an international non-profit network of over 3,100 circular economy professionals and organizations from over 85 countries. CEC is driven by more than 125 Organizers around the globe and creating/providing series of events and organizations on circular economy.

 CEC aims to create higher impact on a global level; by bringing together a community of circular economy professionals and stakeholders. CEC also provides a strong networking opportunity for circular economy professionals to share their best practices and develop collaboration activities.

In this context, as BCSD Turkey, by joining the CEC network we have been provided with the opportunity to connect professionals around the world and share the circular economy tools and resources with our members.

4-10 March 2019, CEC will present an event CEC Global Screening to screen the "Closing the Loop", the first circular economy documentary, in different cities worldwide.  Recently, Istanbul has been added to the global screening cities as BCSD Turkey has been approved to be a host for this global event.

On this date, in addition to the documentary film screening and as part of the event, we will organize a meeting for our members to interact with circular economy professionals and enthusiasts from different sectors and organizations.

 About "Closing the Loop"

 In support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the documentary explores five key strategies for achieving circularity – reduce, reuse, recycle, renew and reinvent – by sharing examples from Europe, America and Africa and featuring insights from experts from the likes of the World Economic Forum and the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard.

 Special thanks to the Circular Economy Club for taking us into the family and giving us the opportunity to share this special circular economy event with our members.

More information about the event of CEC Global Screening will be available soon for all TMM members who are considering to participate to our special event.

Please check out the TMM Website and follow our Linkedin, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts for more information and news about circular economy.


5th Material Transaction is Completed!

Another successful transaction has taken place through TMM’s support to exploring industrial symbiosis opportunities, creating environmental and economic advantages through circular economy.

The transaction between Anako and Arkim was realized through strong networking opportunities and the assistance of TMM. Through the transaction, waste eggshells generated by Anako were re-used in the natural food preservative production process of Arkim.

By installing “eggshell grinding and drying unit” in 2012-2013, high amounts of Anako’s waste eggshells have been diverted from landfill and brought back to the economy. Anako has obtained a new by-product, derived from eggshell, which contains high amounts of calcium carbonate and the antibacterial nature of this ingredient has vast areas of use such as in medicine, food industry and agriculture.

Through the TMM platform, Anako has aimed to reach more producers who may use waste eggshells in their production and has thus successfully partnered with Arkim via the platform.

Arkim has utilized eggshells to produce 100% natural food preservatives while ensuring environmental and economic benefits by creating added value on waste eggshells.

In this context, Arkim has designed an innovative solution based on eggshell powder by boosting its antibacterial/preservation properties as a substitution for chemical substances in food preservatives. As stated by Arkim, they will go proceed in the production of Natural Preservatives from Eggshells and continue their collaboration with Anako via TMM.

You can get involved

You may add your waste materials to the TMM Platform, and gain economic benefits

If you are a licensed waste company, you can take a look at the materials on the platform

If you are not a member yet, please contact us for more information on the advantages of TMM membership.


Established in 2006, Anako has produced pasteurized liquid eggs since 2010. Anako is utilizing advanced technology in producing pasteurized liquid eggs considering the importance of food security, hygiene, health, efficiency and ease of use, offering best use for industrial kitchens and by industrial-scale egg users.


Arkim Chemical Substances established in 2011 by receiving financial support of The Ministry of Science, Industry, and Technology to promote “Natural Antibacterial from Eggshell Extract Project”. Within the scope of the project, they developed a new range of food preservatives solution called “ArCa Natural Antibacterial” by using eggshell powder as a substitution for the currently used chemicals such as potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, and natamycin. Arkim is the first company in the world that produces patented 100 % natural food preservatives.

Materials Marketplace Team is Growing !

TMM, a circular economy project, established by BCSD Turkey in collaboration with EBRD in April 2016 to facilitate cross-industry materials reuse among Turkish companies, continues to grow with its 60 members.

Within the scope of TMM Project, possibilities of using waste, formed by member companies, as alternative raw materials in different industries are being investigated and technical consultancy and networking services are being provided by BCSD Turkey, free of charge.

The TMM Project is currently carried out by BCSD Turkey Executive Director Konca Çalkıvik, BCSD Turkey Manager Münevver Işıl Demir Bayhan, BCSD Turkey Specialist Simla Akbulut and BCSD Turkey External Relations Officer Mert Güller.

The momentum gained with Ferda Ulutaş İşevi’s inclusion to the team as technical consultant is expected to continue with Environmental Engineer Melis Cengizhan’s participation to the TMM team in October.

Our new TMM Project Specialist, Melis Cengizhan, is now working on developing the TMM member relations and carrying out studies for utilizing the waste generated by the member companies as alternative raw materials in other companies.

With Melis, our corporate capacity in providing technical consultancy support to TMM member companies has increased. We would like to welcome Melis and remind you all that from now on any inquiries on TMM could be directed to