The First University to Receive a "Zero Waste Certificate" in Istanbul
Rapid population growth, environmental pollution caused by increasing demands and lack of resources are among the most important problems of the age we are in... With this awareness, Yıldız Technical University takes many steps supported by R&D studies in order to bring waste to the circular economy. Zero Waste application was initiated by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization in order to prevent waste in Turkey, to use natural resources more efficiently, to reduce the amount of waste formation and to improve the separation of wastes at source. Based on this practice and for a greener, cleaner campus, many strategies have been created, including effective management of Yıldız Technical University waste, reducing waste generation and separating it at source. Yıldız Technical University, which has been a part of the Zero Waste project since 2018, established the Zero Waste Management System at Davutpaşa Campus and became the first state university in Istanbul to be entitled to receive the "Zero Waste Certificate".
How Does YTU Manage Its Waste?
Accepting the waste management hierarchy as a guide, YTU has implemented many practices to prevent waste generation, especially the use of paper, with the aim of reducing waste. With all official correspondence carried out through the Electronic Document Management System (EBYS), the University saves both stationery costs and waste generation and ensures that correspondence is archived in a healthy way.
Effective and Fast System in the Management of Solid Wastes
Within the scope of the activities carried out by the student clubs, it is ensured that the reuse and recycling of waste is supported. In this context, used books are sent to those in need, plastic covers are collected to support the production of electric chairs for disabled individuals, and food waste generated on campus is used to feed animals... At Yıldız Technical University Davutpaşa Campus, waste containers and special purpose containers are designed to help students, staff and guests to sort waste efficiently and simply. Thanks to the containers placed in the corridors of the faculties, wastes such as recyclable paper, metal and glass are separated without contamination with each other with the separation system at source. The waste oils generated in the cafeterias and cafeterias on campus that serve food are collected in sealed containers and delivered to authorized companies at regular intervals.