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New Report: Plastic for profit Tracing illicit plastic waste flows, supply chains and actors

A new report from the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime (GITOC) has revealed the criminal undercurrent to plastic waste flows. Misdeclaration and concealment of hazardous and mixed waste, money laundering, financial crime and corruption are among...

Beyond Plastics released a groundbreaking new report documenting plastics industry’s significant contributions to the climate crisis

The report reveals that with regards to climate change, plastic is the new coal. It is deeply worrisome that few people in government or in the business community are even talking about plastics' climate impact - yet. That must change quickly if we hope to remain...

EIA study reveals a ten billion tonne plastic pollution bomb ticking away in every corner of the planet

In a new report released by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) with the title The Truth Behind Trash: The scale and impact of the international trade in plastic waste, EIA’s Ocean team has pulled together and analyzed available plastic waste export data to...

New Study: Single-use plastic items represent about 75% of the total benthic marine litter found in Iskenderun Bay

A new study done by our group member Dr Ferhat Büyükdeveci has recently been published in Marine Pollution Bulletin. According to the results, 75% of the total benthic marine litter found in Iskenderun Bay is single-use plastics! In this paper, we investigated the...

New article: Why Turkey should not import plastic waste pollution from developed countries?

A new article written by our group leader Dr Sedat Gundogdu and his colleague Dr Tony R. Walker was published in the highly reputable journal Marine Pollution Bulletin. The paper discussed Turkey's decision on waste trade with an emphasis on marine plastic pollution...

New report: Plastic Recycling Schemes Generate High Volumes of Hazardous Waste

Major investments in chemical recycling, plastic-to-fuel, and incineration to manage plastic waste is generating high volumes of highly hazardous waste and toxic emissions, according to a new report released today. The report Plastic Waste Management Hazards is the...

Turkey Has Banned Ethylene-type Plastic Waste Imports!

Turkey has banned the importation of ethylene polymer plastic waste as environmentalists and scientists sound the alarm on the world's plastic consumption and limits of efficiency of recycling. According to Eurostat Turkey imported around 241 truckloads of plastic...

Record fines for recycling facilities polluting the environment in Adana

In the investigation conducted in 133 waste recovery facilities in Adana, 26 facilities found to be operating without a Temporary Activity Certificate or Environmental Permit and License Certificate were banned from operations. In addition, a total of 7 million 20...

Activists Ask Shipping Lines to Stop Exporting Plastic Waste to Developing Countries!

Environmental and social activists around the world have called upon major shipping lines to prove their corporate responsibility commitments by no longer transporting plastic wastes from rich industrialized countries to countries that are ill-equipped to handle it in...

Plastic found in commercial fishmeal products at global scale

Plastic (as both micro- and macro- plastic) is an important environmental contaminant, affecting the food chain and directly entering into marine products, including seafood. However, plastic contamination in wild-derived fishmeal, a globally traded commodity, remains...

Do you want to test your knowledge about plastıcs?

Do you want to test your knowledge about plastıcs?

Microplastics are small plastic particles with a size between 5 mm and 1 micrometre. It is not easy to recognise them with eyes due to their small size.

Microplastics can be found in rivers, lagoons, lakes, seas, and the atmosphere.

All foodstuffs covered with plastic have the risk of containing microplastics.

Microplastics can absorb other pollutants (heavy metals, pesticides, etc.) in their surroinding environment.

Microplastics smaller than 130 microns can pass through the intestines.


Completed Projects

PPE Waste

This project aims to keep records of disposable personal protective equipment (such as masks, gloves, disinfectant boxes).

Plastic/Recycling Facility Fires

Plastic and recycling factory fires have attracted attention for a long time globally, especially in connection with illegal activities in the waste sector. This attention has increased even more after a report published by INTERPOL. We have also initiated a project to reveal the condition of a similar factory fire in Turkey in recent years.

Illegal Plastic Waste Dumping

In this project, the areas where illegal plastic waste dumping and incineration activities are carried out due to plastic waste trade or deficiencies in the infrastructure of waste management in Adana are determined.

Fıve easy ways for a lıfe wıthout plastıc

Plastic pollution has become such a problem that individual efforts cannot change it. However, by not using plastic, it is possible not to become a part of the environmental crime caused by plastic.

Power of reusable bags

Carrying a bag will always save you from being caught off guard. If you put a reusable storage container, water bottle, personal glass and a couple of reusable bags in the bag, you will avoid using many disposable plastics.

Say “Never” to plastic straw

Plastic straws are the most unnecessary and meaningless plastic product in the world except for medical use. Its use is nothing but waste and pollution. If you do not have a problem where you have to use plastic straws, please specify that you do not want straws when you order.

Storage container or other alternatives instead of cling films

One of the most consumed plastics at home is cling films. It is widely used to preserve foods. However, the solution is straightforward: Storage container or alternative reusable products made of aluminium foil or wax, used for wrapping and storage.

Not order food from restaurants

Significant amounts of plastic are used in meals delivered to the house or workplace upon order. Foam or other plastic packagings in which ordered food is placed is a serious threat. The wet wipes, toothpicks in a plastic bag, sauces and other extras always mean plastic! So instead of ordering food, it’s best to go and eat at the restaurant or eat at home.

Microplastic fibres from laundry!

We must first accept that; Wearing the same things every day may be against fast fashion, but it is a very beneficial job for the environment. We’re not talking about wearing the same things for weeks. We’re talking about wearing a few different combinations on different days. The clothes you take out and wash to keep up with the fashion even though they are not dirty, release thousands of fibres into the aquatic environment, mostly polyester, acrylic and nylon.


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