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Thursday, 15 November 2018 13:00

Plastic bags to be charged in Turkey

The country will start to charge plastic bags in 2019 in fight against increasing sea pollution, Environment and Urbanisation Minister of Turkey Murat Kurum said at Anadolu Agency's Editor’s Desk in capital Ankara, Caspian Energy News ( reports with reference to AK Parti (Justice and Development Party of Turkey).

Murat Kurum said that plastic bags will be charged with 0.25 Turkish lira ($0.046) in 2019.

Kurum said that the regulation aims to reduce the use of plastic bags, as the average annual usage is 440 plastic bags per person in Turkey.

“By charging the plastic bags, we want to reduce the number from 440 to 90 in 2019, while we aim to reduce this number to 40 in 2025. So, we will save up 90 percent,” he said.

The minister also said that the goal is to increase the usage of alternatives to plastic bags such as cotton tote bags, string bags and paper bags.

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Person in charge of the newsline: Olga Nagiyeva 

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