Greenpeace mentioned about 40 p.c, or 210,000 tonnes, of the UK’s plastic waste exports had been despatched to Turkey final yr. The organisation discovered 10 websites round southern Turkey the place mounds of plastic had been dumped illegally by roads, fields and in waterways.
The investigation discovered British garbage in any respect of those websites, together with packaging from Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, B&Q, Debenhams, Poundland and Spar.
At one web site, packaging for a Covid antigen take a look at was discovered, indicating that the waste was lower than a yr outdated.
When plastic packaging is put out in recycling bins and picked up by the council, the waste is sorted and recyclable supplies are despatched to producers who ought to make it into new merchandise.
Greenpeace says that a lot of the plastic packaging is as a substitute exported to nations similar to Turkey, Malaysia and Poland. On common, the UK exports 1,800 tonnes of plastic waste day-after-day.
Greenpeace is looking for a ban on all plastic waste exports by 2025 and for the federal government to set legally binding targets to scale back single-use plastics by 50 p.c.
Nina Schrank, senior plastics campaigner at Greenpeace UK, mentioned: “We should cease dumping our plastic waste on different nations.
Turkey has had an enormous rise in waste from the UK and elsewhere in Europe since China banned imported plastic waste in 2017.
It’s unlawful to export plastic waste until it will be recycled. The Division for Setting, Meals and Rural Affairs mentioned: “We’re clear that the UK ought to deal with extra of its waste at dwelling.
“That’s the reason we’re dedicated to banning the export of plastic waste to non-OECD nations and clamping down on unlawful waste exports, together with to nations similar to Turkey, by means of more durable controls.”