Where will the UK's plastic waste go after Turkey’s latest clampdown?

When then-environment secretary Michael Gove was asked in November 2017 about the impact of import restrictions China was about to introduce for packaging waste, he said: “I think we do have the capacity [to process it in this country]”. It is now clear that we do not. Greenpeace data shows that last year the UK exported 537,000 tonnes of plastic waste. Turkey, Malaysia and Poland were the top destinations, according to Basel Action Network, an NGO.

by David Burrows
Rubbish at an illegal dump on the side of a road in the southern Turkish province of Adana (Photo by YASIN AKGUL/AFP via Getty Images)
Rubbish at an illegal dump on the side of a road in the southern Turkish province of Adana (Photo by YASIN AKGUL/AFP via Getty Images)

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