Greenhouse gas contribution of municipal solid waste collection: A case study in the city of Istanbul, Turkey

Korkut N. E., YAMAN C., KÜÇÜKAĞA Y., Jaunich M. K., Demir İ.

WASTE MANAGEMENT & RESEARCH, vol.36, no.2, pp.131-139, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0734242x17744656
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.131-139
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This article estimates greenhouse gas emissions and global warming factors resulting from collection of municipal solid waste to the transfer stations or landfills in Istanbul for the year of 2015. The aim of this study is to quantify and compare diesel fuel consumption and estimate the greenhouse gas emissions and global warming factors associated with municipal solid waste collection of the 39 districts of Istanbul. Each district's greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the provision and combustion of diesel fuel was estimated by considering the number of collection trips and distances to municipal solid waste facilities. The estimated greenhouse gases and global warming factors for the districts varied from 61.2 to 2759.1 t CO2-eq and from 4.60 to 15.20 kg CO2-eq t(-1), respectively. The total greenhouse gas emission was estimated as 46.4E3 t CO2-eq. Lastly, the collection data from the districts was used to parameterise a collection model that can be used to estimate fuel consumption associated with municipal solid waste collection. This mechanistic model can then be used to predict future fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions associated with municipal solid waste collection based on projected population, waste generation, and distance to transfer stations and landfills. The greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by decreasing the trip numbers and trip distances, building more transfer stations around the city, and making sure that the collection trucks are full in each trip.