Restrictions on plastic bags in Turkey due by 2018
The use of plastic bags in markets and stores will be restricted across Turkey starting in 2018, the Turkish Retailers’ Federation (TPF) announced on March 28, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
TPF head Mustafa Altunbilek said the decision was made in an effort to reduce waste, adding that they were planning to motivate customers to use cloth or other non-plastic bags.
Such regulations have already been implemented in Europe and the United States, Altunbilek said, adding that plastic bags would only be sold for a fee starting Jan. 1, 2018.
The TPF head said they would launch efforts to inform people about the drawbacks of using plastic bags, adding that they would make cloth and net bags more convenient for local markets.
“We will motivate customers to use net and cloth bags while shopping. We will give paper and cloth bags to customers during the transition process. In Europe, customers bring these bags along with them due to the ban on using plastic bags,” he said.
Meanwhile, bag producers in Turkey are expected to take action following the announcement of the coming ban, with some firms moving to produce biodegradable bags.