Last year, the UK exported 123,039 tonnes of waste plastic to Turkey alone.
While waste export figures from the UK to Turkey declined following last summer’s Wasteminster scandal, the export numbers have already started to creep up again.
The petitions have been signed by 422,735 in the UK and 71,000 in Turkey.
‘The UK exported 486,000 tons of plastic waste alone to Turkey in the last three years. Even though Turkey’s imports seem to be decreasing with the introduction of the polyethylene ban for a period but following its abolition at a historic speed, we see that the numbers are climbing without any lessons being learned.
‘Turkey is neither the UK nor Europe’s garbage dump. At Greenpeace Turkey, with the Game of Waste report we published in February 2022, we witnessed that our land was 400,000 times more polluted than uncontaminated land. How many more animals and people are needed to be affected in order for all this waste flow to stop? The UK government must urgently learn to deal with its own waste within its borders and ban the export of waste.’
NIHAN TEMIZ ATAŞ
Biodiversity project lead at Greenpeace Turkey