5,500 Syrian Refugees Attended Recycling Trainings

Aug 3, 2017

Trainings on recycling and environment protection within the project of “Effective Urban Waste Management for Host Communities” have been completed by Syrian refugees living in Kilis Öncüpınar and Elbeyli Temporary Accommodation Centers. Certification ceremony for 5,500 Syrians acknowledged the success of the motivated trainees.

The certification ceremony of the trainings on recycling and environment protection for Syrian refugees was held in Gaziantep on July 6th. Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Fatma Şahin and UNDP Project Manager Alper Kemal Doğan attended the certification ceremony of the trainings, through which 70 percent of the residents in Öncüpınar Temporary Accommodation Facility and over 90 percent of the residents in Elbeyli Temporary Accommodation Facility were reached

Within the scope of the project, comprehensive recycling trainings were provided to refugee camp staff members as well as at least one person per refugee households at Öncüpınar and Elbeyli Temporary Accommodation Centers. Throughout the eight months of training, trainees were informed about the effects of recycling of solid waste on the environment and human health and their contribution to economic life. Additionally, a web-based training module combined with games was provided to nearly 1,000 children in the computer labs established by UNDP’s support. Four teachers and a coordinator took part during these intensive training sessions.

In addition to this, in order to draw attention to the effects of recycling to the daily life, a painting contest on environment and nature was organized among the school age children in both camps. The pictures were exhibited at the certification ceremony of the project in Gaziantep.


“Effective Urban Waste Management for Host Communities Project”, which is funded by the United States Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (USBPRM) and implemented by UNDP Turkey in cooperation with Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) and Environmental Protection and Packaging Waste Recovery and Recycling Foundation (ÇEVKO), aims at addressing the pressing issue of waste management capacity of local authorities which is under severe pressure due to the Syrian population influx. This situation creates challenges in terms of public health to all impacted communities as well as local service delivery systems. The project will be implemented in Kilis, which doubled in its population and will result in reduced pressure on the municipality as well as reduced environmental and public health risks. The project will do this through:

-          Implementation of a source segregation programme at Elbeyli and Öncüpınar accommodation centers to create on site waste reduction landfill diversion. This component will be coupled with skills mapping and training of selected Syrian participants in different stages of recycling, waste and resource management and waste collection.

-          Strengthening the capacity of Kilis Municipality through purchase of lacking equipment to upgrade the existing sanitary landfill site, hence reduce the public health problems and risks for all impacted communities and primarily eliminate the unhealthy conditions lived by the Syrian scavengers.


The project started in April 2016and will be completed by the end of October 2017.

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