The 9th Waste Transaction is Completed

Turkey Materials Marketplace continues to support and bring companies together around the circular economy. Recently, two of the Turkey’s leading companies have met and colloborated through strong networking opportunities and the assistance of TMM.

Organik Kimya, aiming to find a way for productive use for the sludge, considered location and economic opportunities and has  successfully partnered with Akçansa via the TMM platform. With this colloboration, Organik Kimya’s treatment sludge will be used as alternative fuels in Akçansa’s cement manufacturing until the end of this year.  

The use of Organik Kimya’s treatment sludge as alternative fuels in Akçansa’s cement production does not only reduce the energy cost, but also has significant ecological effect thanks to the reduction of waste disposal requirements and emissions.

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.


With over 90 years of experience in the chemicals industry, they have been providing solutions to a variety of markets and applications utilizing different technologies.

Today, Organik Kima serves its customers with a total capacity of 250.000 tons across 4 production platforms. Over 2.000 Euporean and international partners in 80 countries enjoy valuable solutions for a variety of applications at six different business units;  coatings, constructions, textile, paper,  chemical and industrial adhesive solutions. 


Akçansa, a joint venture of Sabancı Holding and HeidelbergCement, is the largest cement producer of Turkey, and is the leader company of its industry.

By the vision of to achieve a sustainable growth beyond all borders within the construction materials industry as a company trusted by all stakeholders and offering the most preferred business model, Akçansa, the leader of the Turkish cement industry, meets 10% of Turkey’s cement need as well as 12,5% of Turkey’s total cement and clinker export with its products complying to the global quality standards, its eco-friendly identity awarded by the Istanbul Chamber of Industry, its outstanding service understanding, and its plants equipped with high technology.

Third Call for The Circular Vouchers

EBRD announced the 3rd round of The Circular Vouchers at the 5th Turkey Materials Marketplace (TMM) Network Meeting in order to support TMM members’ materials exchange transactions and their projects for transition to circular economy.

For the new round, one voucher is worth up to 20.000 EUR. 90% of the total project budget of 5 companies will be supported by The Circular Vouchers.

The final application date is 30th September 2019.

Winners of the 2nd Round of The Circular Vouchers Announced

2nd round of The Circular Vouchers grant program for TMM members was announced in January 2019 and the applications ended on April 2019.

Following careful evaluations by EBRD and TMM teams, 3 TMM members have been chosen as recipients of the 2nd round and will be awarded with 90% technical grants, with %10 contribution from the company.

With The Circular Vouchers, TMM member companies will be supported by receiving a total of nearly € 300,000 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.

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.

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.

Circular Economy Opportunities in the Food Industry

The second sectoral meeting of the Turkey’s Materials Marketplace “Circular Economy Opportunities in the Food Industry” held on 23 May, 2019 and hosted by Türk Tuborg in İzmir.

The event attracted considerable attention and brought companies, experts, and other related professionals together in the industry to exchange and discuss material exchange opportunities in the industry.

The meeting started with the welcome speech made by the BCSD Turkey Executive Director, Konca Çalkıvik. As the keynote speaker, Olcay Silahlı, Founder of the Fazla Gıda, which is a food waste recovery based start-up funded by United Nations Development Program, took the stage and introduced their start-ups.

Münevver Bayhan, BCSD Turkey Manager, briefly explained the TMM Project. The participants were informed about the 3-year development of the project and the targets for increasing the sectoral based studies in the new period. The Circular Vouchers program detailed by Deniz Yurtsever, EBDR Near Zero Waste Program Manager. She explained how the Circular Vouchers are grants that help the companies purchasing a consultancy service. She also added that the 3rd round of the Circular Vouchers will be announced soon.

In the session of “Waste Utilization Methods in the Food Industry”, sectoral experts informed the participants about the food industry’s waste opportunities and how they create economic value with their waste. Prof. Dr. Yekta Göksungur, Ege University Food Department, emphasized the fact that approximately one third of the food produced worldwide is wasted and the financial loss resulting from this situation amounted to approximately $ 750 billion. He underlined that the sector has a great potential in terms of creating value from waste.

Following Mr. Göksungur, Prof. Dr. Taner Baysal from Ege University gave information about how to utilize fruit &vegetable wastes. He shared research on the valorization of food processing wastes which includes several advantages and opportunities.

Last presentation of this session was delivered by Alper Karakaya, Rhodolive Project Coordinator. He stated that Olive Mill Wastewater (OMW) is a significant by-product of the food industry of the olive oil producer countries, with a high environmental impact, when not appropriately treated. The project, which is funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 suggests an innovative circular bio economy approach by treating the Olive mill wastewater (OMW) with a non-conventional yeast, in order to produce valuable products such as bio-phenols and carotenoids to be used in different sectors.

In the workshop, which aimed to identify the collaboration and project opportunities for the circular economy in the food sector, the participants had the opportunity to identify and evaluate the main issues that they need investment, technical support and R & D. In addition, during the workshop, the company officials shared the main challenges they faced and their expectations from the TMM project. The workshop was successfully moderated by Prof. Yekta Göksungur.

In the last part of the event, Turk Tuborg presented their sustainability approaches and shared their experiences with the participants.  After the presentation, the participants had the opportunity to get to know each other closely, to exchange ideas and to discuss the subject during the cocktail held by Turk Tuborg.

The 7th and 8th Waste Transactions are Completed

TMM continues to achieve success in creating environmental outcomes through circular economy and build collaboration among the companies.

Through the TMM platform, Exitcom collaborated with Legrand and Anadolu Etap and a total of 1226 kg of electronics and hazardous wastes are successfully recycled.

By the 7th transaction, 800 kg of electronic waste of Anadolu Etap were sent to Exitcom and recycled.

The 8th transaction between Legrand and Exitcom marked the recycling of 426 kg electronic wastes.

These two transactions contributed to zero waste targets of the companies while ensuring economic and environmental benefits with a circular economy approach.

Both Anadolu Etap and Legrand prevented environmental problems through duly treatment of hazardous and electronic waste carried out by an authorized recycling company.

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.


Anadolu Etap started investing in plantation in order to meet the demand of high-quality raw material for fruit juice concentrate production and also the demand in fresh fruit industry. Anadolu Etap, which was established in cooperation with Anadolu Group, Özgörkey Holding and Brazil-based Cutrale Group, is carrying on its activities with the strategy of being Turkey’s leading fruit juice producing and fresh fruit growing companies.

 Anadolu Etap extended fresh fruit operations with Turkey’s first fruit brand “Doal”. As the biggest fruit growth project of Turkey Anadolu Etap is the first company to publish the Sustainable Agriculture Principles and have both Global G.A.P and Best Agriculture Practices Certificates.


Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. From installation components and user interfaces to building systems, the Group offers: they offer high-value-added products and solutions for commercial, residential and industrial buildings. 

Essentially European at the beginning, Legrand is today present around the globe. Operating on international markets, Legrand is established in nearly 90 countries, with products sold on every continent.


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.

Circular Economy Opportunities in the Textile Industry

The first sectoral meeting of Turkey’s Materials Marketplace project was held on 30 April, hosted by Zorlu Holding, İstanbul. The event aimed to bring together textile industry authorities to discuss the circular economy concept in the industry by examining opportunities for waste utilization and create collaboration in this direction. The event attracted considerable attention and brought together more than 80 participants from textile industry.

The meeting started with the opening speech of Konca Çalkıvik, the executive director of BCSD Turkey. Then, Burcu Tuncer from UN Environment Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production, made a presentation and provided brief information about UN Sustainability Fashion İnitiatives. Following Mrs. Tuncer, Aslı Pasinli, WWF, took the stage and informed the participants about their Circular Economy Project which is developed by the various project stakeholders from Textile industry in Turkey. Gulin Yücel from Brika Sustainability finalized the opening session with her presentation on Circular Economy Transition and Digitalism.

In order to detail EBRD’s support mechanism, Munevver Bayhan, BCSD Turkey Manager, provided detailed information on the Circular Vouchers Program which is developed to provide technical support to the TMM members in developing materials exchanges.

The sectoral meeting continued with the session, Prof.Emine Dilara Koçak, Prof. Dr. Hale Canbaz and Prof. Dr. Şule Altun Kurtoğlu presented their studies and projects on textile industry’s circular economy opportunities, waste utilization methods etc. In the workshop, the participants developed the project ideas with the help of experts, found the opportunity to identify and evaluate the main issues they need investment, technical support and R&D.

In the workshop, the participants developed the project ideas with the help of experts, found the opportunity to identify and evaluate the main issues they need investment, technical support and R&D.

In the last part of the sectoral meeting, Orta Anadolu, Kipaş Holding and Reysan İplik shared their experiences with their outstanding projects on circular economy and waste utilizations.

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.