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International Compost Conference was held on January 12, 2017.

(Click here for the presentations of the conference.)
Buğday Association organised the International Compost Conference with the participation of experts from Europe and Turkey within the scope of “Turkey Composts!” project on January 12, 2017 at Kadir Has University in Istanbul.

A total of 150 people attended the conference, including 12 from municipalities, 8 from training institutions, 9 from civil society organisations, and 20 from companies. “Turkey Composts!” project, co-funded by Republic of Turkey and European Union under the scope of Civil Society Dialogue IV Programme, is led by Buğday Association with the partnership of Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+). The project aims to transfer know-how and experience to Turkey to facilitate the founding of medium- and large-sized compost facilities, therefore to offer a solution to the problem of waste that degrades the environment and to increase the amount of hummus through the production of compost. As envisaged in the National Agriculture Project of Turkey, it is necessary to decrease the use of nitrogen fertilizers that lessen the life in our soils and decrease the productivity of the land in the long term and to start using compost produced from organic waste instead. Even though the legislation is in place on the subject, it is not sufficiently practiced. In “Turkey Composts!” project, Buğday Association researched the current situation of waste in Turkey, why the compost facilities built are not operational or under capacity; then field visits were organised to three European cities with the participation of 18 municipalities from 7 geographical regions to visit European best practices. All these experiences were shared at the International Compost Conference via international experts.

Approximately 150 people listened to 12 compost experts from Europe and Turkey talking about compost and compost facilities. A wide variety of participants representing universities, NGOs, municipalities, solid waste management unions, collectives and companies were present at the conference. A solution to Turkey’s waste problem was sought with the participation of representatives of every relevant party.
(Click here for the presentations of the conference.)