Integrating Domestic Waste Management Solutions Into the City

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Savruk R., Başdoğan S.

UBAK 2022, Ankara, Turkey, 11 - 12 March 2022, pp.283-293

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Ankara
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.283-293
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


One of the complex and urgent problems related to the current linear economic system in the transition to circular cities is urban waste management. Although it changes according to the level of development and income, waste management systems in cities are mostly central and urban scale. These systems, on the other hand, are expensive and not sustainable, so decentralized sustainable waste management systems are required. For this purpose, within the scope of the study, what decentralized waste management solutions are, how they can be integrated into the urban area, how they can contribute to the achievement of the circular cities goal by increasing the urban quality have been analyzed. Within the scope of the study, generally at the neighborhood or building scale; Waste solutions aimed at reducing, reusing and recycling household waste have been identified. Then, the studies in which these systems were integrated into the city were examined. These systems, which enable them to be managed by using low-cost mechanisms in cities, are available at different scales; It has been concluded that the waste produced should be planned and gradually placed at the scale of households, neighborhoods, cities and countries according to local characteristics such as type, amount and population, climate, education level, urban structure. Particularly in the residential areas that generate most of the waste, the activities and spaces that enable the participation of the residents have been an important step for the community based transformation. It has been seen that these interventions can contribute to the achievement of the zero waste goal for a sustainable city, strengthen social interactions, create new job opportunities, and thus provide economic, environmental and social benefits.