Turkey Bans Import Of Polymer Waste
Umer Jamshaid 29 days ago Wed 19th May 2021 | 12:00 AM
Ankara, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th May, 2021 ) :Turkey on Tuesday banned the import of polymer waste such as plastic bags and styrofoam cups following a public outcry over images of trash illegally dumped and burnt along roadsides.
The vast nation of 84 million people has turned into a prime destination of European waste.
The trade ministry's notice gives companies 45 days to complete customs procedures for waste that was already in transit but had not yet reached Turkey.
The notice gave no other details but is effective from the day it was published.
They are also used in non-stick surfaces such as teflon.
Turkey's decision has the potential to radically reshape the global recycling market.
Richers nations are scrambled for places to dump their trash after China shut its doors to most imports.
"In 2019, Greenpeace Mediterranean tested fish in Turkish waters and found that almost half contained microplastics." The issue gained added attention in Turkey after AFP and other media found illegally dumped plastics visible in several sites in the southern province of Adana.
Recycling firms in Turkey have defended the rise in imports.
They argue that waste plastic allows the reuse of material that otherwise clogs landfills for decades.