Zero waste management: a case study

Koksal O., Aydın Er B., Ardalı Y.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GLOBAL WARMING, vol.21, no.2, pp.189-198, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1504/ijgw.2020.108179
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, CAB Abstracts, INSPEC, Veterinary Science Database, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.189-198
  • Keywords: waste, management, characterisation, zero waste, sustainability, GENERATION, IMPLEMENTATION, UNIVERSITY, TOOL
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


Waste characterisation is shown as the first step of a successful waste management policy. Many stages such as reduction of waste at source, separation according to property, collection, temporary storage, recovery, transportation, disposal and control must be carried out regularly and effectively. The studies were carried out to determine the amount of solid wastes generated and the characterisation of the wastes produced in Ondokuz Mayis University (OMU). According to the data, the total amount of solid waste production per week was calculated as 8,597 kg/week. According to the waste characterisation of the university, distribution rates are 51% for packaging wastes, 10% for non-recyclable wastes and park and garden wastes, 9% for construction waste, 9% for waste, 2% for organic waste, 2% for e-waste, 8% medical waste and 6% hazardous waste. After one year of monitoring at OMU, studies have been initiated to manage the waste generated and the recycling potential and minimisation of the existing wastes.