Effective Urban Waste Management

What is the project about?

The project targets towns bordering with Syria; Gaziantep and Kilis, where a high concentration of Syrian refugees reside. These areas are highly impacted by the sudden influx of the Syrian refugees, especially in the management of waste disposal, which was not equipped to accommodate additional needs created by the refugees.

The project will strengthen the service delivery capacity of the local authorities for waste management (Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality (GBB) and Kilis Municipality) by capacity building for local and municipal service delivery on waste management and recovery.

What has been the situation?

The local resources has been stretched with long lasting population increase. Hence, the necessity for support increased over time for both refugees and local institutions. Supporting local institutions will not only increase the service delivery for local and refugee community, it will also decrease the chance for social tension after 4th year of crisis. Hence, UNDP project aims to respond to mentioned problems.

What is our mission?



Our  mission is that stretched governmental resources will be supported, capacity for local government will be enhanced, and both refugee and local community will benefit from better service delivery.

How are we doing this?

The Municipal capacity building project will be implemented in the three areas as there are problems with waste disposal sites and the municipality’s capacity to deliver the waste to the designated site and/or with capacity of the site to accommodate an increased volume of waste generated by the sudden increase in population. The second phase of the project will strengthen the service delivery capacity of the local authorities (such as Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality (GBB), Kilis Municipality. Main components of the project are as follows;

  • Solid Waste Transfer station and Strengthened Municipal Capacity in Gaziantep Province,
  • Source Separation of Solid Waste in Elbeyli and Öncüpınar camps and Strengthened Municipal Capacity in Kilis,
  • Design, set up and implementation of models that help reduce waste generation in the camps and strengthen municipal capacities for waste management/Integrated Solid Waste Management Action Plan

How will Turkey benefit?

With the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Turkey has developed its relief intervention capacity and invested substantially to extension of various services for refugee community. However, increased demand ended up in necessity to develop existing resources. With this project, stretched governmental services for waste will be supported. Hence, less governmental resources will be spent on these both issues which will improve lives of refugee and host community.

What we have accomplished so far?

1) Capacity building for local and municipal service delivery on waste management and recovery;

  • Technical analysis conducted in consultation with camp management and municipality for the identification of local waste management operation and identifying in detail the necessary requirements for upgrades;
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis of waste streams raised from accommodation centers in the province completed;
  • Identification of the locations of the waste transfer stations completed in consultation with the local authorities and municipalities, with a view to ensure the most strategic location, serving for the camps and non-camp residents;
  • Design of the waste transfer stations are ongoing, one in Gaziantep and one in Kilis, in line with the conducted detailed assessments,
  • Procurement of the equipment/vehicles that are needed for increasing the capacities of municipalities completed. Vehicles will be delivered to the municipalities in mid-december.

- 3 truck-trailers and 3 semi-trailers for Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality

- 1 waste compactor for Kilis Municipality

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