In Turkey, many people are illegally dumping plastic around the country. This is contributing drastically to the waste problem in the country. It is especially noticeable where these plastics are meant to be processed as recyclables but are instead being dumped as trash. Turkey is seeing plastic from the Netherlands, Italy, the UK, and France. This means that the recycled trash is not ending up at a facility, as it should be, but instead being illegally transported to their country.
Sedat Gundogdu, a professor at Cukurova University in Adana, said, “European citizens need to know this: the last stop for their waste that they carefully separate into different boxes is not a recycling facility.” Turkey is Europe’s top destination for waste, especially after China closed its doors to waste in 2018. As you can see, this is a major issue for Turkey. One country can’t handle the waste of many other countries. Surprisingly, these countries would take that route and dump their trash in Turkey, but it’s a problem that needs to be solved immediately (Phys.org).