Adana Landfill Waste Management Project, Turkey

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Adana integrated solid waste management system is carried out by ITC Invest Trading & Consulting AG. The project covers rehabilitation of existing dumpsite, construction and operation of sorting plant, anaerobic digesters and installation and operation of landfill gas utilization plant. That modern type of waste management is one of the first of its kind in the country.

The project provided means for transferring the knowledge and experience on modern waste management techniques to the local municipalities. The old dumpsite once was a problem of public health, now is “Recycling Technology Park” which includes sorting plants, anaerobic digesters, energy production plants. Decreased odor nuisance, risk of explosion and fire on the old dumpsite are other benefits came by the rehabilitation of the site.

“Landfill Gas Collection and Utilization Project” and “Anaerobic Digestion of Municipal Solid Waste” utilized methane gas to generate electricity with the installed 15.6 MW capacity. This contributed to decrease in emission in the power sector and reduced the dependency on imported fuel for electricity generation.

Created local employment both during the construction and operational phase were main social impact by the project activity. The project also contributed to livelihood of the poor by employing those who make their lives by collecting and sorting garbage at streets. Now they are working at healthier condition with social security. A number of literacy campaigns have been conducted for workers who cannot read and write. The company also organized trainings, meetings and some other activities to raise awareness among children and families about municipal waste management, packaging waste management etc.

Project impacts and benefits:

  • Manages 1,500-1,700 tonnes of municipal waste coming daily from municipalities of Adana where 1,5 million people live.
  • Avoided 685,108 tonnes of CO2 that is caused by open dumpsite and the electricity generation by thermal power plants at the first three years of operation.
  • Collected the thousands of tons of leachate which would have been infiltrated into the soil.
  • Converted the methane gas in the old dumpsite and organic waste to electricity with a capacity of 15.6 MW.
  • Avoided 0.45 kg SO2 and 1.81 kg NO2 per each MWh of electricity generated in thermal power plants.
  • Reduced 0.005 m3 of H2S per each m3 of landfill gas destroyed. (or approximately 208 thousand tonnes of H2S at the first three years of operation)
  • Provided job opportunities for 134 people and help locals to earn income.
  • Employed 90 ex-scavengers who were collecting recyclables on streets.
  • Organized over 100 seminars for raising awareness about waste management in universities and public centers.
  • Educated 56 workers for how to read and write.