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.

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

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 melisc@skdturkiye.org.

The Winners of The Circular Vouchers Announced !

EBRD launched The Circular Vouchers at the 3rd Turkey Materials Marketplace (TMM) Network Meeting in June 2018, in order to support TMM members’ materials exchange transactions and their projects for transition to circular economy.

The Circular Vouchers grant program for TMM members was announced in June 2018 and the applications ended on August 31, 2018.

Following careful evaluations by EBRD and TMM teams, 8 TMM members have been chosen as recipients of The Circular Vouchers and will be awarded with 90- 100% technical grants.

With The Circular Vouchers, TMM member companies will be supported by receiving a total of nearly € 200,000 technical support for developing their material exchanges transactions.

BCSD TURKEY, as a major player in Turkey’s transition to circular economy, would like to congratulate all the winners and wish them success.

More details about awarded projects will be presented by the companies during the 4th TMM Network Meeting in January 2019.

What is The Circular Vouchers?

Circular Vouchers are grants that help the companies purchasing a consultancy service focusing on assessing the feasibility of material exchanges opportunities.

The call for the applications of the new round will be available shortly for all TMM members who are considering to apply.

For more information about The Circular Vouchers please check out the TMM Website and please follow our Linkedin, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter accounts for any updates and current news about the TMM project and Circular Economy.

3RD Waste Transaction of TMM is Completed!

The 3rd waste transaction through TMM Platform is completed.

TMM has achieved another success in supporting the process of exploring industrial symbiosis opportunities, creating environmental outcomes through circular economy and also improving the economic added value of companies.

 The transaction between Rönesans Holding and Exitcom marked the recycling of 340 kg electronic and hazardous waste generated from Vakıf GYO Construction Project Site.

Environmental problems caused by waste are prevented through duly treatment of hazardous and electronic waste carried out by an authorized recycling company.


Waste Types and Recovery Rates

  • Waste air conditioners were collected by MOTAT (National Waste Tracking System). Air conditioners are considered to be hazardous due to the CFC Gas and Oil they contain. Following the extraction of CFC gas and oil the air conditioner parts are broken into pieces such as plastic, metal and cable within the dissambling unit. The recovering rate of air conditioning/cooling devices is 97%. The total weight of waste air conditioners in this transaction is 260kg.

  •  IT waste, cables and printers are considered to be non-hazardous waste and weigh 15 kg. The recovery rate for non-hazardous electronic waste is 100%. The rate for cable recovery is 95%.


  • 1 washing machine was collected within the non-hazardous waste category. The total weight was 65kg with 100% recovery rate.



You can get involved

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

   If you are a licenced 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 1993 , Ronesans Holding furnished services as the main contractor and investor in more than 20 countries throughout the world.

Operating in such fields as construction, real estate development, energy and health, the Holding is the 36th largest international contracting company of the world and the 9th largest contractor of Europe. 

Rönesans Holding’s size of assets climbed to 8,1 billion USD at the end of 2017 with a global turnover amounting to 4,2 billion USD at the end of 2017. 



Exitcom is the first and only company in Turkey provide services in the field of recovery of light/fluorescent, cartridge/toner and battery. Exitcom has an integrated facility that can treats WEEE Groups and also provides data destruction and archive destruction services to its customers in order to facilitate the management of electronic wastes and reduce the risk that may arise.


3rd Network Meeting was held in June!

3rd Network Meeting was held in June!

The 3rd Network Meeting realized on the 1st of June, played a significant role in extending TMM’s sphere of influence since the scope of both audience and event program was enlarged with entrepreneurs, SMEs and authorized institutions. Also, this event hosted the launch of EBRD’s Circular Voucher Scheme through which the number of member companies and the synergies are expected to increase in the near future.