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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...

BBC: “UK plastic waste dumped by Turkish roadsides in Adana city!”

An investigation by BBC News has found that some plastic waste from Britain sent to Turkey for recycling is instead being dumped and burned on the side of roads. The UK sends more plastic waste to Turkey than to any other country, but critics say the country doesn't...

Plastics to worsen waste, health problems

One of our group members, Dr. Sedat Gündoğdu, spoke to Anadolu Agency about plastic pollution. Dr. Gündoğdu pointed out that "We could see more plastic in the sea than fish. Land could be filled with abandoned mountains of plastic garbage" the current trend continues...

Mediterranean dirty edge: High level of meso and macroplastics pollution on the Turkish coast

First results of our project Microbeach has been published in Environmental Pollution journal. In this study, 13 coastal areas in Iskenderun Bay (NE Levantine coast of Turkey) were sampled in May 2018 to investigate meso and macroplastic (0.5–123.4 cm) pollution. A...

WHO calls for more research into microplastics and a crackdown on plastic Pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) calls in 22 August 2019 for a further assessment of microplastics in the environment and their potential impacts on human health, following the release of an analysis of current research related to microplastics in drinking-water....

Millions of kilograms of USA’s dirty plastics shipping to Turkey

A report published by The Guardian last day, each month, about 10 ships pull into the ports of Istanbul and Adana, carrying about 2,000 tons of cheap US scrap plastic that is no longer wanted by China. Most of it comes from the ports of Georgia, Charleston, Baltimore...

Plastic input from municipal solid waste and wastewater

Debris released by human activity on land can be washed by surface runoff or blown by wind into rivers and other watercourses and ultimately be transported into the ocean. Debris can also be directly dumped or discharged from boats or sewage plants into rivers (Rech...

How plastics enter the food web

There has been widespread publicity about pollution of the marine environment by plastic debris and its impact on organisms. Images of the brightly coloured plastic stomach contents of dead seabirds and countless whales, dolphins and turtles caught in floating debris...

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.

PROjects

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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