Turkey stops import of Europe's plastic waste

First Indonesia and China, now Ankara is closing its borders. But this is upsetting a lot of things in the global waste and recycling industry.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Written by Mihm and Helmut B√ľnder
 
Even if political relations between Turkey and Germany and the EU repeatedly leave much to be desired, trade is growing and thriving. Even in the Corona year 2020, German exports increased by 8.7 percent to 21.3 billion euros, according to the Federal Statistical Office. Within five years, that is an increase of almost 40 per cent. But this is nothing compared to the development in the export of plastic waste from Germany to Turkey.

Since 2016, this has increased from 6700 to 136,000 tonnes - a twenty-fold increase. But that is now over. After Turkey imposed import restrictions at the beginning of the year, a complete import ban on special plastic waste will come into force at the beginning of July.
 
 
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