TURKEY - Dumping Ground for Plastic Waste

Arno Froese

Turkey received nearly 40% of the UK’s plastic waste exports in 2020—an increase by a factor of 18 since 2016, when 12,000 tons were sent.

European Union member states also sent 20 times more plastic waste to Turkey last year compared to 2016. 

Nihan Temiz Atas, biodiversity projects lead from Greenpeace Mediterranean, based in Turkey, said: “Around 241 truckloads of plastic waste come to Turkey every day from across Europe and it overwhelms us.

“As far as we can see from the data and the field, we continue to be Europe’s largest plastic waste dump.”

Many wealthy countries send recyclable waste overseas as it is financially cheap, reduces domestic landfill and can help areas achieve recycling targets.

Last year, Malaysia’s environment minister said the government had sent back 150 shipping containers of illegally imported plastic waste to their country of origin—42 of which belonged to the UK.

-www.bbc.com, 17 May 2021

Arno's Commentary

Environmentalists the world over have pegged plastic products to be a major polluter of earth, air, and oceans. The abundance of trash testifies to the economic wellbeing of a nation.

Another report by Yale.Education states, “The recycling crisis triggered by China’s ban could have an upside, experts say, if it leads to better solutions for managing the world’s waste, such as expanding processing capacities in North America and Europe, and spurring manufacturers to make their products more easily recyclable.”

Problems are meant to be solved; thus, the industrial world will find avenues more compliable to Greenpeace’s critique, for example. 

What seems significant is the abundance, or better said over-abundance, of merchandise. 

Here we are reminded of the Church in Laodicea, whom the Lord warns: “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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