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One of the principle strategies of the European Community is efficient and sustainable usage of aggregate resources. The appropriation and implementation of these strategies are highly important. Rapid reductions in the usable aggregate resources, the possibility of future closure of quarries near the city centre and inefficient use of the resources are major problems for İstanbul. To provide efficient use of aggregate resources in İstanbul and its vicinity, it is therefore necessary to review the regional plan and develop new strategies for sustainable management of resources. However, sustainability is affected by local factors such as availability of a suitable transportation infrastructure and a lack of detailed knowledge of the geology. It is therefore important to manage existing resources effectively, and maximize the resources through use of operational systems that maintain quality.

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