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Boosting glass recycling in Turkey

Şişecam, a long-standing EBRD client, is a leading Turkish glass producer. As part of its corporate strategy, the company has been increasing its efforts to help boost the national glass recycling rate.

In February 2013 the EBRD and Şişecam launched a glass recycling pilot project in four Turkish municipalities. The pilot project, composed of three phases, was designed to assess the glass recycling market potential in Turkey, implement pilot projects in four cities and develop a country-wide glass recycling strategy, integrated into a broader packaging waste strategy. The project is now in its final stage.

The pilot project, donor-funded by the government of Spain, has paved the way for a €30 million loan between the Bank and Şişecam for resource efficiency projects. This will enable Şişecam to finance glass recycling and energy efficiency improvements across Turkey.

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SECTOR Manufacturing and services EBRD INVESTMENT €30 million
OTHER BENEFITS Recycling and energy efficiency CO2 savings estimated at 20,000 tonnes per year