Mon. Nov 28th, 2022
UK plastic garbage illegally shipped

MPs have been informed that unlawful exports of British plastic garbage to Turkey have had a “irreversible and catastrophic” impact on public health in Turkey.

After discovering that the “dirty trade” leaves hazardous residues on foreign territory, a cross-party committee has called for a ban on all plastic garbage exports from the UK by 2027.

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The unlawful dumping and burning of plastic garbage overseas has been linked to cancer, liver sickness, skin rashes, and fetal development abnormalities.

The Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee discovered in a recent analysis that the United Kingdom exports over 60 percent of its plastic packaging trash, with 38 percent going straight to Turkey.

This has had a variety of economic, social, and health-related effects for nations less capable of disposing of the materials responsibly, such as Turkey and Malaysia.

MPs were informed that “substantial evidence” has surfaced of British plastic garbage being dumped in the Adana area in the southeast of Turkey, with a variety of harmful substances discovered in samples of ash and soil.

Greenpeace’s Nihan Temiz Atas, speaking before the committee, called the environmental and human health implications as “irreversible and frightening,” adding that “80 percent of the plastic debris we discovered on the field was British.”

UK plastic garbage illegally shipped to Turkey

Sir Robert Goodwill, chairman of the committee, said that the United Kingdom has grown “dependent on exporting its rubbish elsewhere” and “making it someone else’s issue.”

He continued, “Our country’s plastic garbage is being illegally dumped and burnt overseas.” The United Kingdom must not participate in this filthy trade, which is why we are advocating for a complete ban on waste plastic exports.

To do this, we must minimize our use and consumption of plastic, increase our ability to reprocess our own trash, and fund research into alternative technologies and materials.

As waste crime has become a “low-risk, high-reward endeavor,” and present sentences are “insufficient to prevent illicit conduct,” the study also suggests that punishments be “considerably enhanced.”

It noted that several witnesses for the investigation and other observers are concerned that plastic garbage from the United Kingdom is “still being illegally dumped and burnt elsewhere.”

To get control of the situation, the MPs propose a ban on all exports of UK plastic trash by the end of 2027, with a road map outlining how to do this by March 2023.

Despite a decline in the use of “problematic” materials and an increase in the incorporation of recycled content into new goods, the committee determined that overall progress in combating plastic waste has halted in recent years.

The MPs said certain objectives need to be made clearer, simpler to assess and more ambitious, with a strong emphasis on lowering the quantity of trash created in the first place before boosting reuse and recycling.

A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said: “We have been very clear the UK should handle more of its waste at home, and that’s why we are committed to banning the export of plastic waste to non-OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries.

“We are also cracking down on illicit trash exports, notably to Turkey, by implementing stricter restrictions; anyone caught unlawfully exporting waste risk a two-year prison sentence and an infinite fine.”

Megan Corton Scott, a political campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said the results of the research “makes a joke of the argument that the UK is a leader in addressing plastic pollution”.

She told The Telegraph, “It is hardly a sign of leadership to simply dump our plastic issue on other, poorer nations, leaving their citizens plagued by the health risks and environmental devastation caused by the dumping and burning of this rubbish.”

“That’s why this report will be welcomed by environmental activists at home and abroad – and the government must act upon its recommendations.

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